New Delhi: DGCA has taken a significant decision amid rising cases of delta plus variants in the country and third apprehensions. DGCA has extended the ban on international passenger flights from and from the country till 31st July, 2021. Earlier, the DGCA had extended the ban on international passenger flights till June 30 to prevent the spread of corona infection. Flights will be operated on some selected air routes.
The new circular issued states that the decision to increase the ban on international flights will not affect cargo aircraft. At the same time, the ban will also exempt flights which have been specifically allowed by the DGCA. International flights were suspended since March 23, 2020 due to the Corona epidemic in India, but special international aircraft have been flying under the Vande Bharat Campaign since May 2020 and the bilateral "Air Bubble" regime between selected countries since July 2020.
India has signed air bubble agreements with 27 countries including USA, UAE, Kenya, Bhutan and France. Under the agreement between the two countries, special international aircraft can fly between their territories. In view of the possibility of the third wave of India's corona infection, it has been decided to increase the suspension on international passenger aircraft. With 45,951 new corona cases reported in a day in the country, the number of corona infection cases has gone up to 3,03,62,848, while the number of people who lost their lives in a day remained below 1,000 for the third consecutive day.