The suspension of international commercial passenger flights from/to India, which has been in place since March 23 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, was to expire on November 30. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation, in a notification, said, “International commercial passenger services to/from India will remain suspended till 31st December 2020. This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA,”

The aviation regulator further clarified that international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case-to-case basis.

In the absence of regular flight service on overseas routes, special international flights are being operated under the Vande Bharat Mission since May and under bilateral “air bubble” arrangements with selected countries since July. Global air traffic has reduced drastically in 2020 due to coronavirus-triggered travel restrictions