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India's DGCA Lengthens International Flight Ban

India's DGCA Lengthens International Flight Ban

Air India Boeing 777-200LR
Air India has been conducting numerous repatriation and cargo flights to destinations all over, such as this one to San Francisco in June 2020. Credit: JV Mehta | TheExplorerBlog
Domestic destinations within India continue to be served by various airlines such as TATA's and Singapore Airline's joint venture Vistara. Credit: Jai Jaggi | TheExplorerBlog


According to Simple Flying, India's government has today confirmed an extension of the ban against all international flights until August at the earliest. Per a Twitter post made by the DGCA, India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation, all cargo flights continue to be exempt from the ban. However, other international flights which airlines wish to operate must be "specifically approved by the DGCA." Historically, the DGCA and the Indian government have both come under much fire for their decision to allow only Air India, the nationalized, state-owned carrier of India, to conduct international repatriation flights. This has angered other airlines such as Delta and United, who recently wished to resume service to the Indian subcontinent.



**Update as of 7/5/2020:


United Airlines has applied for special permission to operate 3 charter flights between New York-Newark (EWR) and Delhi (DEL) in mid-July. The airline has successfully gained the approval from the DGCA to operate these flights but also wishes to restart scheduled daily service from its hubs at EWR and San Francisco (SFO) as soon as possible, pending government approval.


VT-ALK, a 777-300ER, taxiing at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Credit: Jai Jaggi | TheExplorerBlog

Discussions Surrounding "Travel Bubble"

Despite this extension of the current ban, India's government is still reportedly in talks to create a "travel bubble" with other nations, one of which is the Gulf States. It would make lots of sense to create a bubble with the Gulf States, since there is a large Indian population of both rich expats and poor migrant workers who live in the UAE, Oman, Qatar, and other states.


Bottom Line

There is no doubt that under the strict quarantine rules of PM Narendra Modi, India has been able to curb the rate of illness, which has benefited their aviation sector, too, in the long-run. By continuing to take preemptive measures and stopping the virus in its tracks, India can successfully create a travel bubble with another nation/nations and bring back air travel to the healthy masses, revitalizing the economy.



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JV Mehta
Hey, I'm JV, a young avgeek and spotter from the Bay. The first word I ever spoke was "avión" - meaning airplane in Spanish.

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