India extends ban on international flights till May 31 amid COVID-19 surge
The restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday extended the ban on international commercial passenger flights by one month till May 31, 2021. The earlier deadline for the coronavirus-induced suspension of scheduled international passenger flights was to end on Friday.
“In partial modification of circular dated 26-06-2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of circular issued on the above subject regarding Scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs 1ST of 31th May, 2021," the DGCA said .
“However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis," the DGCA said.
The restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA, it added.
Special international flights under the Vande Bharat Mission and bilateral "air bubble" arrangements will continue.
Scheduled international flights were suspended in India on March 23, 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.