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India extends ban on international flights till August 31

Friday, July 31, 2020
India extends ban on international flights till August 31

India on Friday extended the ban on international commercial passenger flights till August 31. But the restriction shall not apply to international cargo operations and flights specifically approved by aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

“The government has decided to extend the suspension on the Scheduled International Commercial Passenger Services to/from India up to 2359 hours IST of 31st August,” the statement read.

Earlier this month, in the wake of a surge in Covid-19 cases across the country, the civil aviation ministry had extended the ban on international flights till July 31. Prior to that, the earlier order had said the ban would be in place till July 15. The ban on international flights was extended even as capacity on domestic routes has been hiked to 45% from the earlier 33%.

To allow gradual movement of passenger traffic during the Covid-19 health crisis, ‘Transport Bubble’ agreements have been signed with the United States, France and Germany. Air France and United Airlines of the US will operate a limited number of international flights under the “air bubble” arrangements with India.

The country has also signed a travel bubble agreement with Kuwait to evacuate stranded passengers both to and from India. Further similar arrangements are likely to be put in place by the aviation ministry to ease passenger movements from different countries. On July 9, India had announced an air bubble with the United Arab Emirates that would be in place from July 12 to 26.

A bilateral air bubble refers to a travel corridor between two countries that wish to reopen their borders and re-establish connections with each other. International flights to and from India have been suspended since March 23 as the Covid-19 pandemic spread across the world to nearly 185 countries. Limited domestic flights have since resumed on certain sectors from May 25.

During the suspension of international flights due to the Covid-19 outbreak in India and other countries, more than 2,500 repatriation flights by foreign carriers to evacuate stranded nationals to and from India were approved by the government.

Under the Centre’s massive Vande Bharat Mission, national carrier Air India and its subsidiary Air India Express have evacuated 2,67,436 stranded passengers and other flights have brought back 4,86,811 passengers between May 6 to July 30.

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EU Guest
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
@True Indian
Your comments are ''truly'' representative of the general mindset of the people in your country. I have been observing with great interest the comment section of this website in recent weeks and am amazed to see the amount of hate you people can spew in the name of race, salary and religion. But most of all, your posts are just repetitions of each other. I strongly believe most of you are either teenagers with nothing better to engage you during the current lockdown or - God forbid, adults finally unravelling under pressure!!

True Indian
Monday, August 3, 2020
@Sher Bachcha At first, I thought you are poor in spellings however reading your comments prove that your eyesight too is weak. No need to use different names by showing that you are gathering support for your idiotic sense and attitude. Go back to your saffron India , why work in Kuwait? This itself shows your falsehood. Comment with original name and not different names if you dare. Esle shut up and go back to India. We dont need hate mongers in Kuwait.

Reality Kumar
Monday, August 3, 2020
@True Indian
''Keep yourself safe by thinking positive'' ?????
Is this what you learnt in your textbooks?
I will pass.... and stick to my BJP approved textbooks and saffron circus teachers, rather than end up on the roadside like you.

Asiya Tasneem
Monday, August 3, 2020
@True Indian
First time using internet ?
Who made you true?

Sher Bachcha
Monday, August 3, 2020
@True Indian (joker)
Your spelling of ''spelling'' in first line itself is wrong !! ROFL
Which word have I misspelt? I don''t need to prove my patriotism to SJW like yourself who have nothing better to do than rant a page about your pathetic existence you call life. I think the lockdown and cancelled flights is finally going to drive you to a mental asylum before they pack your ass back to your home in Kerala or Kadpa. You sound like a loser who couldn''t make it in life or in bed, so you decide to blame the textbooks... aaahahahahaha !!!
Try to be a little more original with your rants if you want to be taken seriously, loser !!

True Indian
Sunday, August 2, 2020
@Sher Bachcha First of all go and correct your damn spellling. Bashan dena accha hain but you have totally distorted it by your negative mind and brain who doesnt even know the difference between who is creating hatred and who is narrow minded. Modi will go and India will remain, if you dont think so then you are an anti-national termed by your loved BJP. Modi is human , India isnt. I think this much common sense u should have or else maybe you have read all those distorted history fake textbooks brought into our education system by people who couldnt prove their education credentials and coming from circus with clowns, actors etc. I think u r better off correcting your spelling first than commenting. So keep yourself safe by thinking positive. LOL what comments u make.

Sher Bachcha
Sunday, August 2, 2020
@True Indian (joke)
Once again another senseless remark by another desi trying to display his english skills by copy pasting something he read or saw on the news. Tsk tsk tsk.....

Modi will always remain, so will Trump. Whatever their lifespan, they will long be remembered by those who loved or hated them. In fact, losers like you will keep their memory alive by constantly mentioning them and trying to mask your failed existence on this planet where your only claim to fame is a ''keyboard social justice warrior''.
India OTOH, is constantly changing - its value systems, education systems, acceptable norms (like LGBT legalization), shifting demographic, etc...
What is India but its people, and the memories that its people choose to remember and follow. Everything else is imported from electronics, fashion, movies, wellness mantras, clothes, even accent..... And you say India will remain?? Wake up, woh train kab ka nikal chuka LOL
No one is making hateful comments, it is you who infer hate using your narrow inbred mind. And you also think your cheap attempt at sycophancy will achieve anything other than advertise your ignorance?

True Indian
Saturday, August 1, 2020
@Indian, he is commenting because he is true Indian and not just loving one specific Pm. Modis will come and go, India will remain. Love India not Modi or any PM. Secondly Eid is official festival of Kuwait and you seem to be making religious comments that clearly shows you are from hate mongering BJP and RSS. Please go back to Modi andf then make comments on Eid. You are in Kuwait so respect Kuwait rules else shut your mouth. Earning Kuwaiti dinars and making comments on their festivals.

Saturday, August 1, 2020
Waw modibasher waw, enjoy Eid, why so kadwat against modi, be happy today is your Eid.

jinu simon john
Saturday, August 1, 2020
@Amit (duffer)
Flight transport bubble agreement between countries allows movement of limited passengers usu. those requiring repatriation between the signatories of the agreement. IT IS NOT RESUMPTION OF FLIGHTS BASED ON TRUST AND REDUCTION OF COVID-19 CASES AS SOME WEBSITES HAVE POSTED. Who will want to tour India or Europe during this crisis?? Kuwait has temporarily banned entry from India on normal commercial flights which have resumed for safety reasons related to spread and containment of COVID-19.
Some like myself believe there is an ulterior motive behind this ban and that is to further prolong the financial obligations of Indian expats so that they reach a stage where they are forced not to return back to Kuwait and those in Kuwait forced to leave for good.

@Strangled India
I think you mean stranded. Learn to use online dictionary. It is so easy...... easier than strangling yourself :)

Sajan Pillai
Friday, July 31, 2020
What about travel Kuwait to India, we around 38 people waiting for back home Kerala. Anyone knows when will start flight to India from Kuwait.

Friday, July 31, 2020
Kuwait government to allow stranded Indians from India to kuwait particularly family people, wives, kids, employees after PCR Test. These people are strucked in India during this lock down period and because of suspension of flights . Like how Indians are moving from Kuwait to India same way they have to return who have valid residency.

Friday, July 31, 2020
Wah Modi Wah

Strangled India
Friday, July 31, 2020
The news article is saying that "Transport Bubble" agreement has been signed with Kuwait. Does it mean the temporary ban put by Kuwait on People strangled in India be removed soon. Any clarification on this by the IIK team or anybody would be highly appreciated. Clearly the recent ban has spooked the strangled indians in Kuwait - with Jobs & belongings in Kuwait - about the return. So any clarification would be extremely helpful.


Nandakumar Desai
Friday, July 31, 2020
1.Travel bubble signed by India and Kuwait.
2.Kuwait banned entry of Indians flying from India
Above two news are contradictory to each other. Which one is latest and applicable now ?

Friday, July 31, 2020
If India has signed a travel bubble agreement with Kuwait, then why is Kuwait blocking entry of Indians to Kuwait?

Abhishek Vangala
Friday, July 31, 2020
Bilateral air bubble agreement signed between India and Kuwait
What does it mean. Indian are allowed to travel to Kuwait?
Is that what It means

Original Bajrangi Bhaijan
Friday, July 31, 2020
This means only repatriation flights part of Vande Bharat project will operate freely. As per new regulations, even chartered flights require express written approval from both Embassy of India in Kuwait and State govt. in India where the flights will land.
Hopefully, in 1 month Kuwait govt. will also lift the entry ban imposed on India.
Jai Hind!

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