COVID-19: India extends ban on international flights till July 31

While India plans to lift curbs and ease more restrictions under ‘Unlock 2’, the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation), on Friday, has extended the ban on all International flights till July 31, 2020, allowing only cargo and flights approved by them to operate.

Addressing the mandate, the civil aviation regulator said, “However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case to case basis.”

Last week on June 26, The DGCA had banned all international flights till July 15, but it has now planned to extend the ban by a fortnight.However, repatriation flights running under the Vande Bharat mission will continue to operate.

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Earlier, the Airports Authority of India and the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA) had hinted that India is in talks with the US, Canada, Europe, and Gulf Countries to form ‘individual bilateral bubbles’ which will allow these countries to develop a pact to operate international flights.

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on June 20 had also indicated that the government will think about the resumption of flights in mid-July.

The MOCA on June 26 allowed airlines to increase the limits of their pre- COVID flights from 33 per cent to 45 percent for domestic operations.Domestic travel in India resumed on May 25 and there has been no halt since they are being run under strict safety guidelines. The international passenger flights were suspended in India on March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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