International Flights: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the signing of revised air service agreements between India and Afghanistan as well as India and the Philippines, said an official statement.
If a country wants to operate passenger flights to another country, a “bilateral air services agreement” has to be negotiated to decide how many airlines, the port of entries, and total flights (or seats) per week can be allowed between the two nations, it said.
While all scheduled international passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic, special flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat mission since May and under air bubble arrangements since July.
Mean-while, India’s COVID-19 caseload rose to 1,01,23,778 with 24,712 new infections being reported in a day, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 96.93 lakh, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.
The death count increased to 1,46,756 with 312 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 96,93,173 pushing the national recovery rate to 95.69 percent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.45 percent.
The COVID-19 active caseload remained below 3 lakh for the third consecutive day.
There are 2,83,849 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country which comprises 2.86 percent of the total caseload, the data stated.