India extends international flight ban to 31 August

Passenger services in and out of India have been suspended since 23 March
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Air India, which relies on international services for its revenues, has been badly hit by the ongoing flight ban in India.
Air India, which relies on international services for its revenues, has been badly hit by the ongoing flight ban in India.

India’s ban on international passenger flights has been extended for another month following a decision from the country’s regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

While domestic services have been allowed to resume, passenger flights in and out of India have been suspended since 23 March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A statement from the DGCA on Friday said the Indian government has decided to "extend the suspension on the Scheduled International Commercial Passenger Services to/from India up to 2359 hours IST of August 31".

All-cargo operations and repatriation flights will be allowed to continue flying in and out of India, however.

India has also agreed ‘transport bubble’ arrangements with the US, France and Germany, allowing flights to operate between the countries.

"Recently, 'Transport Bubble' agreement has also been signed with Kuwait to uplift stranded passenger both to/ from India. More similar arrangements are likely to fructify and ease passenger movements from different countries," the DGCA’s statement said.

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