International Flights Ban: DGCA extends ban on international flights until 31 December

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New Delhi: The ban on international commercial flights has been extended till December 31 due to the Covid-19 overhaul. The country’s Civil Aviation Regulatory Authority (DGCA) decided on Thursday. However, the ban will not apply to DGCA-approved international cargo services.

The DGCA further said that in certain cases, air services will also be allowed on certain routes by the authorized body. Earlier, the DGCA had imposed a ban on international commercial flights until October 31. Now it has been extended till 31st December.

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Istak imposed a nationwide lockdown on March 23 and imposed a ban on domestic and international airlines. Although international flights under the “Bandebharat Mission” were launched on May 25 after a two-month hiatus, international flights are still not commercially available.

However, passengers can travel abroad through the central government’s special “air bubble” system. Earlier, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had said that foreign travel would be allowed only if the number of passengers on domestic flights was 50-60 per cent and the destination country opened its doors to international passengers.