Amid Omicron threat, Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday extended the suspension on scheduled international flights till 31 January 2022.
However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis, the Indian regulatory body said.
“The competent authority has further extended the validity of circular issued on the subject cited above regarding Scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs IST of 31 January 2022. This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA,” the notice read.
Recently, a report suggested that the Indian government is unlikely to lift the restrictions on international flights immediately.
Scheduled international passenger flights to and from India remain suspended since March last year amid the coronavirus pandemic. Currently, the suspension on scheduled international flights is till October 31 and the government is most likely to extend the date, it had added.
Civil Aviation Secretary told the media that the current frequencies available under the air bubble arrangements are adequate to meet the demand and there is not much demand for international routes as the visa regime is very restrictive.
Moreover, talking about the new variant Omicron, there is no evidence yet to suggest the variant makes the infection more deadly, and at least for now, the developed vaccines will almost certainly work against it.