Omicron threat: Suspension of international flight services extended until Jan 31

Australia suspends flights from India.(photo:IANS Twitter)
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New Delhi: The suspension on international flight services will be extended until January 31, the Centre announced on Thursday.

The decision has been taken in view of the threat posed by Omicron, a highly contagious variant of coronavirus.

However, this new rule will not affect international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). International flights operating under air-bubble arrangements with other countries will also remain unaffected.

The DGCA is also likely to allow scheduled flights on selected routes on a case to case basis.

Scheduled international flight services remain suspended since March 23, 2020, on account of the coronavirus pandemic.

Currently, international passenger flights are being operated under bilateral air-bubble arrangements with various countries in a restricted manner.

As of November 24, India had formalised air-bubble arrangements with 31 countries.

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