International flight operations to resume from December 15 onwards
New Delhi : India will resume its international flight operations from December 15 onwards, the Civil Aviation Ministry said Friday evening. They noted 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.
Countries designated as 'at risk' but without 'air bubble' agreements with India would be allowed to resume 50 per cent of bilateral capacity entitlements, the Aviation Ministry said.
Scheduled international passenger flights between India and other countries can return to normal.
Scheduled international flights - except repatriation services and flights carrying essential goods - were suspended in March last year after the Covid lockdown.