International flights grounded until July 31: Why has DGCA extended ban on flying abroad?

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**EDS: RPT, CORRECTS DATE** Cachar: An Air Asia flight carrying 180 passengers from Mumbai arrives at the Silchar Airport, in Cachar district of Assam, Tuesday, June 9, 2020. (PTI Photo) (PTI10-06-2020_000034B)

India International flights Resume: The resumption of international flights depends mainly on the destination country allowing Indian citizens into its borders, or removing travel restrictions that they put in place over the last few months.

India’s aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday (July 3) extended the ban on international flights until July 31. The ban was until July 15 so far, and the restarting of normal scheduled international passenger flights has now been deferred further.

So why did the DGCA extend the ban?

According to senior government officials, the ban was extended because it was felt that it would take some more time for India to prepare before it can resume scheduled international operations.ADVERTISEMENT

The resumption of international flights depends mainly on the destination country allowing Indian citizens into its borders, or removing travel restrictions that they put in place over the last few months.

India’s coronavirus situation is still far from being under control. As of early evening on Saturday (July 4), India, with 6,48,315 cases, was on the verge of overtaking Russia (6,73,564) as the third worst hit country in the world, according to data on the Johns Hopkins University global coronavirus dashboard. India added over 22,000 new cases on July 3.ADVERTISEMENT

Globally, the United States has the largest number of cases (nearly 28 lakh), followed by Brazil (well over 15 lakh). The total number of confirmed cases worldwide is over 1.1 crore so far, and over 5.25 lakh people have died of Covid-19, according to the JHU dashboard.