India extends ban on international commercial flights till Jan 31

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The suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger services to and from India has been extended till January 31, 2022, the Director-General of Civil Aviation announced on December 9.

The ban on scheduled international flights will be in place till 11:59 pm on January 31.

This suspension will not be applicable to any international all-cargo operation and flight specifically approved by the DGCA.

A circular issued by the civil aviation regulator read: “In partial modification of circular dated 26-11-2021, the competent authority has decided to extend the suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs IST of January 31, 2022. This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA.”

 

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However, this restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flight specifically approved by DGCA, the statement added. “International scheduled flights may be allowed on select routes on a case by cases basis.”

In November, the Aviation Ministry had announced that it was in line to resume regular international flights from December 15.

At that time, the Ministry of Civil Aviation had stated,”The matter of resumption of scheduled commercial international passenger services to and from India has been examined in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and it has been decided that scheduled commercial international passenger services to and from India may be resumed from December 15, 2021.”

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