India will resume regular international flights, which have remained suspended due to the Covid pandemic, towards the end of the year, India’s Civil Aviation Ministry announced on Wednesday.
Currently, the Indian government has been allowing commercial international flights on a case-to-case basis. Scheduled international passenger flights to and from India remain suspended since March 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
On 29 October, India’s Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had extended the suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger flights till November 30. The DGCA notice, however, stated that the restrictions would not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA.
Recently, India’s Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia had said that the government was keen to resume normal international travel operations and was evaluating the process.
“We are evaluating the process. We are coming back to normalcy. First, we allowed 100% passenger capacity in our domestic flights and now we allowed in-flight meals in those flights,” Scindia had said at the Confederation of Indian Industry’s (CII’s) Global Economy Policy Summit.