After two years of ban, India opens more than 3,000 international flights a week


The two-year ban on international commercial flights from March 23, 2020 has finally been lifted as of today. India’s aviation regulator has allowed foreign and Indian airlines to operate 3,249 weekly international departures during the summer timetable, from March 27 to October 29.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has authorized Indian airlines to operate 1,466 weekly departures to 43 destinations in 27 countries.
IndiGo, the largest national airline which has big international expansion plans, was allowed to operate 505 international departures per week, followed by Air India at 361 weekly departures, Air India Express at 340 weekly departures, SpiceJet at 130, GoFIRST at 74, and Vistara at 56 weekly flight departures.
After taking over Air India from the Indian government, the Tata Group plans to focus on expanding international routes, particularly to the United States, the group told CNBC-TV18 recently.

Indian airlines are allowed to operate to United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait, Singapore, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Qatar, Maldives, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Turkey , Malaysia, UK, France, Kenya, Germany, USA, Canada, Myanmar, Australia, Israel, Bahrain, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Russia.

In addition, 60 foreign airlines from 40 countries have also been approved by the DGCA to operate 1,783 departures per week to/from India during the summer timetable. Salam Air, Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, Qantas and American Airlines are among the 60 foreign carriers on the list.

Foreign airlines are allowed to operate to/from Mauritius, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, USA, Iraq, Kenya, Bangladesh, Germany, Singapore, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Bahrain, Maldives, Nepal, Iran, Uzbekistan, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Kuwait, Tanzania, Netherlands, France, Japan, Rwanda, Russia, United Arab Emirates Australia, Qatar, Ethiopia, Oman , Seychelles, Kazakhstan, United Kingdom, Myanmar, Canada, Finland, Poland, Bhutan and Egypt.

Emirates was allowed to operate the maximum number of departures among all foreign carriers at 170 weekly departures, followed by Sri Lanka Airlines at 128, Oman Air at 115, Air Arabia at 110 and Qatar Airways at 99 weekly departures. United Airlines in the United States is allowed to operate 28 weekly departures, while American Airlines is allowed to operate seven.

Despite the ban, few people traveled abroad thanks to the Indian government’s bubble agreements with various countries. Now, with the bans lifted, the airline industry will be able to recover some losses from the negligible operations of the past two years.


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