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India-Qatar air bubble deal extended until 31st July 2021

05 July 2021

The air bubble deal between Qatar and India, which had expired on 30th June, has been further extended until 31st July 2021, the Indian Embassy in Qatar announced last week.

India had stopped international flights following the spread of Covid-19 in the country, and instead operated flights to various countries on Air Bubble agreement.

The announcement of extension of the deal was made on the official Twitter handle of the Embassy, pointing out that the flights have resumed under this arrangement.

"The Air Bubble arrangement between India and Qatar extended for July 2021. The flights have resumed under this arrangement. Thank civil aviation authorities and airlines on both sides for their continued cooperation in providing the requisite air connectivity," the Embassy tweeted.

Meanwhile, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) extended the ban on scheduled international flights until 31st July. It said, the ban on international commercial passenger flights was due to end on 30th June, but now, it will continue until 31st July 2021.

"In partial modification of circular dated 26-06-2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of circular issued on the subject cited above regarding scheduled international commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs 1ST of 31st July, 2021," the DGCA circular said.

But the restriction will not be applicable to international all-cargo operations flights that have received the DGCA approval.

It further said that the competent authority will permit international scheduled flights on select routes on case-to-case basis.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.

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