Coronavirus pandemic: India extends ban on international flights till April 14
New Delhi, Mar 26: India on Thursday extended ban on international flights till April 14 amid a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on March 19 had announced that no international commercial passenger flight operations will take place in India from 1.30 am on March 23 to 5.30 am on March 29.
It has been decided that scheduled international commercial passenger services shall remain closed till 18:30 hrs (GMT) of April 14, 2020. This will not apply to approved international all-cargo operations & flights: Directorate General of Civil Aviation pic.twitter.com/NKQAw89rMd— ANI (@ANI) March 26, 2020
"In continuation of circular-II dated 19.3.2020 issued on the subject cited-above, it has been decided that all scheduled international commercial passenger services shall remain closed till 1830 hrs GMT (0000 hrs of Indian Standard Time) of April 14, 2020," the aviation regulator said.
"However, this restriction will not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA," it said.
The government suspended domestic passenger flight operations from midnight on March 24.
There are 649 coronavirus positive cases in the country and 13 people have died due to it till now, according to the Union health ministry.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced a complete lockdown across the country for 21 days from Tuesday midnight, asserting that this is necessary for a decisive battle against the coronavirus.