International Flights Latest News: The United Arab of Emirates (UAE) has decided to lift the travel ban on India, facilitating international flights between the two countries. The first flight to the middle-eastern nation since the second wave of pandemic took off from Goa Airport on Friday morning. As a result, Dubai has also re-opened its air bubble with India. However, it is important to note that not everyone is allowed to travel on international flights between India and Dubai.
Budget airlines IndiGo took to Twitter to share their flight schedule from Delhi to Dubai this month. The carrier informed its flyers that only transit passengers and UAE residents from India are allowed to travel to Dubai as of now.
IndiGo has announced three flights on Delhi-Dubai route this month – on August 9 and August 10.
India extends ban on international flights till Sept 30
In a recent travel update, the Indian government has extended its ban on scheduled international flights till September 30, 2021. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) made the announcement on Sunday that the COVID-induced passenger flights suspension has been extended till September end.
The DGCA further said, “However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis.”
Apparently, the ban on international flights was supposed to end on August 31, 2021. International passenger flights were suspended in India on March 23, 2020 due to the pandemic. But the Indian government started the Vande Bharat Mission in May 2020 to help people stuck in other countries. India also established bilateral air bubbles with selected countries from July 2020.
DGCA further informed that dedicated cargo flights and flights under the bilateral air bubble pacts with select nations will continue to operate.
The DGCA in its circular also state, “In a partial modification on a circular dated June 26, 2021, the competent authority has further extended the validity of the circular issued on the subject cited above regarding Scheduled International commercial passenger service to/from India till 2359 hrs IST of 30th September 2021”.
However, the restriction was not applicable to international all-cargo operations and flights approved by DGCA. Meanwhile, India formed several air bubble pacts with nearly 25 countries including the US, the UK, the UAE, Kenya, Bhutan and France.
Source: Times of India
Afghanistan air space now closed as Kabul-Delhi flight get cancelled
Latest reports suggest that the Afghan airspace has now been closed for flights, which means overflying is also not permitted. Nonstop Air India flights from the US to India are being diverted in order to avoid the Afghan airspace. The flights are now being diverted to Doha or the UAE.
With the situation in Afghanistan getting dire by the hour, there is no telling what the future holds. Videos of people rushing to get a seat in an aeroplane are making the rounds of social media. Air India on the other hand had to cancel Delhi-Kabul flights amid the ongoing confusion. The announcement was made on Monday morning by the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA). The ACAA said that any transit through Kabul airspace would be uncontrolled.
International flights are bound to be affected now that the airspace is closed. Vistara has mentioned that its Delhi-London flights have stopped flying over Afghanistan. All flights between Delhi and the west will now have to take longer air routes.
An Air India official said Afghan airspace has been declared uncontrolled. Due to that the Kabul flight had to be cancelled. We are working out alternate routes for another affected flight that needed to overly Afghanistan.”
Air India flight 244 from Kabul to Delhi for August 16 is now cancelled. The flight was reportedly fully booked and was scheduled to return to Delhi.
Source: Times of India
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