India DGCA has finally decided to resume international flights operation starting from December 15, 2021, after a hiatus of 20 months. However, in view of the present rising in COVID-19 cases in a few countries, Indian Government is adopting a cautious approach, & banned flights to and from around 14 countries, include France, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, South Africa, Finland, Brazil, Bangladesh, China, Botswana, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, and Singapore. However, air bubble arrangements with these countries will continue.
As per the reports, this decision has been taken in consultation with the ministry of Health , keeping in mind the present COVID 19 situation across the world, especially the emergence of new variants.
Reports have it that the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India has already notified the airlines that they can start regular scheduled flights operations from mid-December to and from all nations, except the said 14 countries, with which India will continue the existing air bubble agreement.
International regular Flights Operations were suspended in March 2020 in the wake of COVID pandemic. The Civil Aviation Ministry even started Vande Bharat flights to ferry Indians from other countries who got stuck there due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Ministry also started air bubble agreements after the Vande Bharat flight with some countries to allow international travel.
MoCA Secretary Rajiv Bansal stated that he expects international flight operations will return to normalcy by the end of this year, as he hopes operations of international scheduled flights will resume soon.
Further, the MoCA stated that the decision to resume international flight by mid-December has been taken in consultation with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and is expected to benefit the aviation industry that is reeling under the effects of COVID-19 pandemic.