India extends ban on international flights
International flight ban has been extended till 28 February 2021. The restriction is not applicable to international all-cargo operations and flights successfully approved by DGCA. International flights in India was restricted till January 31 in view of the new UK coronavirus strain. However, the Ministry of Civil Aviation is set to decide on a date to resume regular international flights.
The circular stated that international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis. Scheduled international passenger services have been suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. But special international flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May and under bilateral “air bubble” arrangements with selected countries like US, Germany, France, since July.
Earlier on Wednesday, Centre extended the flight ban on air travel between India and Britain to contain the spread of the new coronavirus strain. Regular flight services between the two countries had resumed briefly in December last year with limited capacity but were restricted again this month due to the new variant.