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NEW DELHI: Christmas will come 10 days early for Indian globetrotters. According to sources, the government is likely to allow scheduled international flights from December 15, but only from countries where the Covid situation in control.
Flights to and from 14-odd countries that are witnessing resurgence in Covid cases are likely to continue as per current air bubble agreements, say sources.
This may include EU and a few other places where a new Covid variant has been detected.
The government had earlier this week said scheduled international flights could resume by the year-end.
The government has weighed in the Covid situation very carefully before deciding on resumption of scheduled international flights that were suspended in March 2020.
Since last summer, international flights operate under air bubbles India has so far created with 31 countries. But the limited capacity has lad to exorbitant international fares.
On peak travel days now, one-way ticket often costs more than pre-pandemic return fares.
International fares for this Christmas-New Year are extremely high.
The tourism industry has been requesting the government to open international flights to countries where Covid is in control and which mutually accept and recognise Indian vaccines and certification.

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