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India Extends Ban on International Passenger Flights Till August 31

New Delhi: The Directorate General of Covil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday extended the ban on international flights till August 31 through a circular. It said in a statement that the circular did not apply to the commercial International airlines that are scheduled to fly, cargo planes, and flights approved by the DGCA. “This restriction shall not… Continue reading India Extends Ban on International Passenger Flights Till August 31

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New Delhi: The Directorate General of Covil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday extended the ban on international flights till August 31 through a circular. It said in a statement that the circular did not apply to the commercial International airlines that are scheduled to fly, cargo planes, and flights approved by the DGCA.

“This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA. However. International scheduled flights may be allowed on select routes by the competent authority on a case to case basis” the circular noted.

The decision comes amid a looming threat of a possible third wave of Covid-19 that experts say might hit within two months.

After the first wave, India had signed air bubble agreements with several countries to allow the movement of passengers between the two countries.

These countries were Afghanistan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Canada, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Maldives, Nepal, Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Russia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America and Uzbekistan.

However, after the discovery of the more contagious Delta variant which causes a brutal second wave of Covid-19 several countries such as Canada, UAE banned travel to and from India.