The suspension of planned international passenger flights has been protracted till November 30 amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said on Wednesday. This suspension will not apply to international all-cargo and international scheduled flights approved by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
The DGCA circular said, "On partial modification of circular dates 26 June 2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of circular issued on the subject 'Travel and Visa restrictions related to Covid-19' regarding scheduled international commercial passenger services to/from India till 23:59 hrs. IST of 30th November 2020".
The restrictions shall not apply to all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA. However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the capable authority on case to case basis, the circular added.
While domestic flights resumed on May 25, the government has kept a check on international operations. Fresh concerns over international travel has been raised with another wave of infections in the US and European countries. The new wave has come even as winter looms, with experts unsure how the virus will behave in the cold season.
Well, let’s hope that the current situation is temporary and things go normal in the coming days.