New Delhi: Following a gap of two years, India lifted the ban on international flights on Tuesday, March 8. The international flights, suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will now be available from March 27.
“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 27.03.2022, i.e. start of Summer Schedule 2022,” a statement from the Civil Aviation Ministry read.
Air Bubble arrangements — that allow two nations to operate flights into each other’s territories subject to a few conditions — has also been revoked, announced Civil Aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia.
India has been operating special international flights with 37 countries since July 2020 under Air Bubble arrangements. The arrangement hurt airlines’ operations and profitability.
After deliberation with stakeholders &keeping in view the decline in the #COVID19 caseload,we have decided to resume international travel from Mar 27 onwards.Air Bubble arrangements will also stand revoked thereafter.With this step,I’m confident the sector will reach new heights!
— Jyotiraditya M. Scindia (@JM_Scindia) March 8, 2022