India to resume international flights from December 15
Scheduled international flights have been suspended in India since March 23 last year owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.
India has decided to resume scheduled commercial international flights from 15 December, 2021, an official statement from Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DCGA) said on Friday.
India has formed air-bubble pacts with around 28 countries, including the US, the UK, the UAE, Kenya, Bhutan and France. Under an air-bubble pact between two countries, special international flights can be operated by their airlines between their territories with specific restrictions.
The aviation ministry order issued on Friday has divided countries into three parts based on health ministry's Covid analysis and accordingly allowed resumption of flights.
The 3 categories are as follows:
1) Countries not at risk: Flights as per bilateral air service agreements or pre-Covid times. These include the US and Canada, among others.
2) Countries at risk but with whom India has an air bubble agreement: Flights to be lowed at 75 per cent of pre-Covid times.
3) Countries at risk and with whom India does not have an air bubble: 50 per cent of pre-Covid times.
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