India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued a circular to all foreign and domestic scheduled airlines operating flights to/from India. DGCA has extended the suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger flights until April 30, 2021.
India has suspended scheduled international flights since March 2020 and these suspensions have been extended multiple times. However, some international flights have been operating under the bilateral ‘air bubble’ arrangements with around, including the US and the UK.
IndiGo is now the world’s seventh biggest by capacity and the largest outside the United States and China, according to OAG.
IndiGo took 44 planes from Airbus last year – the most of any customer, topping Delta Air Lines and China Southern Airlines – as it replaced older planes with more fuel-efficient newer models. IndiGo has over 570 planes on order with Airbus that are still to be delivered and is receiving them at a rate of around 50 a year. It is rumored that IndiGo is also gearing up to expand its fleet further from 2023.