Senior advocate Prasad Dhakephalkar, appearing for the petitioners, stated that since February 2021, at least 13 Indian pilots have died due to coronavirus infection.
Scheduled international passenger services have been suspended in India since March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Nineteen people tested positive for coronavirus in the Wuhan Vande Bharat flight, which was the last to have operated between the two countries.
The temporary ban on international flights during the Covid-induced lockdown did not deter the spirits of gold smugglers operating out of Gulf countries.
India has an agreement with 22 countries, including the United States, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Canada, Maldives, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Nigeria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Japan among others