Amidst the speculations of international flights soon to be resumed, the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) declared his decision to extend the suspension of international commercial passenger flights until any further orders. So according to this announcement, no scheduled international commercial flight will neither enter nor exit India via air.
In a press release dated February 28, the DGCA further explained his decision by elaborating that international cargo flights and flights under air bubble arrangement are allowed to fly in and out of the country. As per earlier reports, from July 2020, special passenger flights under air bubble arrangements are allowed to operate between India and 45 other countries only.
By this time some of the countries that India has air transport bubbles with are Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Canada, Bhutan, Ethiopia, France, Finland, Iraq, Germany, Kazakhstan, Japan, Kuwait, Kenya, Mauritius, Maldives, the Netherlands, Nepal, Oman, Nigeria, Qatar, Rwanda, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Seychelles, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, United States, United Kingdom, and Uzbekistan.
The first suspension of international flights came about in March 2020 due to a surge of COVID-19 cases, triggering a nationwide lockdown. This suspension order was supposed to be lifted on December 15, 2021, But then the emergence of Omicron halted that action.