India Will Resume Scheduled International Flights From March 27

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As of March 27, India will allow scheduled commercial international passenger flights.

In recognition of the increased vaccination coverage across the globe and after consulting with all stakeholders, the Government of India has decided to resume scheduled commercial international passenger service to or from India as of March 27, 2022. Air bubble arrangements will accordingly be extended to 2359 IST on March 26, 2022, when scheduled commercial international passenger services to or from India will be suspended.

Jyotiraditya Scindia, Minister of Civil Aviation, revoked the Air Bubble agreements – which allowed airlines to operate into the territory of another country subject to certain conditions. As part of this arrangement, special international flights have been operated between India and 37 countries since July 2020. The Bubble arrangement affected airlines’ profitability and operations.

On December 15, last year, the Centre decided that scheduled commercial international passenger flights would resume. A suspension of the decision was issued, however, after the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

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