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In the amid of the coronavirus pandemic, the suspension of scheduled international passenger flights was extended until December 31, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said on Thursday. The government, however, allowed passengers to move through air bubbles. A travel corridor between two nations that will fly their aircraft in a regulated environment is an air bubble.

However the circular noted that there would be no restrictions on all-cargo international operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, scheduled international passenger services have been suspended in India since March 23. However, since May, special international flights have operated under the Vande Bharat Mission and since July under the bilateral air bubble’ arrangements with selected countries.

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With around 18 countries, including the US, the UK, the UAE, Kenya, Bhutan, and France, India has formed air bubble pacts. Under an air bubble pact between the two countries, special international flights between their territories may be operated by their airlines.