International travel will continue to be suspended in India temporarily as the Directorate General of Civil Aviation has extended the ban on international flights till July 15. Here is all we know about this latest development of India’s travel industry. By Bayar Jain

In a circular released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the ban on international flights has been extended till July 15. Earlier, this ban was supposed to be lifted on June 30, however, it has been revised keeping the current situation in mind.

 

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All hope isn’t lost though and a glimmer of positivity exists. The circular also hints at early revival of these flights as it states that commercial planes could soon be restarted on a case-to-case basis, possibly in a graded manner. Notably, international flights have been suspended in India since March 23, 2020. Currently, only cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the Indian regulatory board will be allowed to function. As of now, the central government is also undertaking its third phase of Vande Bharat Mission – a mammoth repatriation project – with the aim of helping stranded Indian citizens across the globe come back to home base. As per a tweet by Hardeep Singh Puri, the Minister of Civil Aviation of India, 4,784 people were brought back on June 28. The fourth phase of this project is expected to bring back more citizens.

Earlier, the Civil Aviation Ministry also hinted at travel bubbles with countries such as the US, UK, France, and Germany to restart commercial flying in the country. Recently, New Zealand and Australia have started discussions on initiating a travel bubble between their route. However, the same is yet to be set in motion.

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