The Indian government extended the ban on international commercial flights till 31 March. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announces in a circular on Friday. The ban on scheduled overseas flights was to end on 28 February after an eleven-month gap.
The ban on international flight services comes as India recorded 16,577 fresh Covid-19 cases on Friday. While the country’s infection tally went up to 11,063,491, a total of 12,179 fresh recoveries took the total number of people discharged to 10,750,680.
According to DCGA:
- Dedicated cargo flights and flights under the bilateral air bubble pacts with select countries will continue to operate, the civil aviation watchdog said
- A bilateral air bubble is a mechanism to resume flights between India and other nations with preconditions during the pandemic