International Commercial Flights To Resume From March 27: Govt

| Updated: 08 March, 2022 6:06 pm IST
International flight operations were suspended in March, 2020 (File photo)

NEW DELHI: International scheduled commercial flights will resume operation from March 27, two years after they were suspended as part of measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic, the government announced on Tuesday.

The operations of scheduled international commercial passenger services to and from India was stopped on March 23, 2020, a day before the government had announced the first nationwide lockdown to curb the rising number of Covid-19 infections.

“After having recognized the increased vaccination coverage across the globe and in consultation with the stakeholders, the government of India has decided to resume scheduled commercial international passenger services to/from India from March 27, 2022, i.e. start of Summer Schedule 2022,” the Ministry of Civil Aviation said in a release.

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The international flight operations shall be subject to strict adherence to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health for international travel, the government added.

International flights are currently operating under the ‘air bubble’ arrangement signed with 37 countries.

“Transport Bubbles (or air bubble) are temporary arrangements between two countries aimed at restarting commercial passenger services when regular international flights are suspended as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. They are reciprocal in nature, meaning airlines from both countries enjoy similar benefits,” the ministry had earlier stated.

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