India Extends International Flights Ban Till End of May

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The ban on scheduled international commercial passenger flights from or to India has been extended till 31st of May, 2021 according to an order issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). The international scheduled flights under select routes, however, will remain operational on a “case-to-case” basis according to the requirements, the director-general of civil aviation (DGCA) mentioned on Friday. Cargo flights are exempted from the ban.

“In partial modification of circular date 26-6-2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of circular issued on the subject cited above regarding scheduled international commercial passenger services to or from India till 2359 hrs IST of 31st May 2021. The restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA,” the DGCA circular claimed.

Around 20 countries including the US, UK, Kuwait, France and Canada have banned flights from India, citing COVID-19 cases and the “double mutant” virus being found in India during the last 10 days. Iran, Kuwait, Indonesia and UAE are the latest additions to this countries that have banned India due to the high surge in COVID cases.

The ban on international flights comes after India continues to face the worst time after the COVID 19 infection has started. India recorded 386452 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and around 3500 deaths, the health ministry data showed.

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