India has delayed the resumption of international flights in view of the emerging threat from the new coronavirus variant Omicron, the aviation regulator said on Wednesday.
Last month, the Indian government decided to resume international flight operations from December 15. Scheduled international flights to and from India have been suspended since March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“In view of the emerging global scenario, the situation is being watched closely in consultation with all stakeholders and an appropriate decision indicating the effective date of resumption of scheduled commercial international passenger services shall be notified in due course,” in a statement DGCA said.
Directorate General of Civil Aviation says it will notify its decision in due course on the date of resumption of scheduled commercial international passengers airline services to/from India. It also says that the situation is being watched closely in view of the emergence of a new COVID variant.
India presently has air bubble arrangements with 31 countries and operates international flights under bilateral air bubble arrangements.