Coronavirus impact: DGCA extends ban on international flights till April 14

All international commercial passenger flights will remain suspended until April 14, aviation regulator DGCA announced Thursday, amid a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced on March 19 that no operation of international commercial passenger flight will take place in India from 1:30 am on March 23 to 5:30 am on March 29.

“In continuation of circular-II of 19.3.2020 published on the aforementioned subject, it has been decided that all regular international commercial passenger services will remain closed until 6.30 p.m. GMT (0000 hrs standard time). India) from April 14, 2020, “said the aviation regulator.

“However, this restriction will not apply to international all-cargo operations and to flights specifically approved by the DGCA,” he added.

The government suspended domestic passenger flights from midnight on March 24.

According to the Union’s Ministry of Health, there are 649 cases of coronavirus positive in the country and 13 people have died so far.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced a complete lockout across the country for 21 days starting at midnight Tuesday, saying it was necessary for a decisive battle against the coronavirus.

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