International scheduled commercial flights to and from India will resume March 27 onward after a 25-month ban, an order from the Ministry of Civil Aviation said Tuesday.
“After having recognised the increased vaccination coverage across the globe and in consultation with the stakeholders, the Government of India has decided to resume scheduled commercial international passenger services to/from India from 27.03.2022, i.e. start of Summer Schedule 2022,” read a statement from the Civil Aviation Ministry.
“The suspension of scheduled commercial international passenger services to or from India, thus, stands extended only upto 2359 hrs IST on March 26, 2022, and air bubble arrangements shall accordingly be extended to this extent only.”
Special international flights have been operating between India and 37 countries since July 2020 under this arrangement. The Bubble arrangement hurt airlines’ operations and their profitability.
Last year, the Centre had decided to allow resumption of scheduled commercial international passenger services from December 15.
However, the decision was suspended after the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.