DGCA extends suspension of international flights till August 31
The suspension of scheduled international passenger flights has been extended till August 31, aviation regulator DGCA said on Friday.
The government has extended suspension on international flights until August 31, in a circular issued by aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday.
However, Vande Bharat Mission and other flights under air bubbles will continue and people eligible as per government norms can fly to and from India on them.
The decision comes amid the threat of a looming third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and the emergence of the Delta variant of the virus in several countries.
Scheduled international flights were suspended on March 23, 2020, which has now been further extended.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued an order Friday and stated that the ban shall remain in place till 2359 hrs Indian Standard Time (IST) of August 31, 2021.
"This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA. However. International Scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case to case basis" the circular noted.
During the second Covid catastrophe surge starting mid-April, about 20 countries imposed restrictions like flight suspensions from India or stricter entry norms for travellers.
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