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India to resume scheduled int’l flights from Dec 15

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 27 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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India to resume scheduled int’l flights from Dec 15

India will resume scheduled international flights from December 15, subject to conditions, the Civil Aviation Ministry said Friday evening, noting that the "matter has been reviewed and the competent authority" had decided to resume such flights (to and from

India).

"Resumption of scheduled commercial international passenger services, to and from India, has been examined in consultation with Ministry of Home Affairs, External Affairs and Health, and it has been decided... may be resumed from December 15," the ministry said.

These 14 countries are United Kingdom, Singapore, China, Brazil, Bangladesh, Mauritius, Zimbabwe, and New Zealand. The list also includes South Africa, Botswana, Israel and Hong Kong - countries that have confirmed cases of the new B.1.1.529 variant of the coronavirus.

Scheduled international flights have been suspended in India since March 23 last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, special international passenger flights have been operating since July last year under air bubble arrangements formed with approximately 28 countries.

In an order, the Civil Aviation Ministry stated: “The matter of resumption of scheduled commercial international passenger services to and from India has been examined in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and it has been decided that scheduled commercial international passenger services to and from India may be resumed from December 15, 2021.”

The ministry also categorised the countries into three categories with separate capacity restrictions considering risk factors based on the suggestion of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare……….. Rajib