The Director General of Civil Aviation, Govt of India on Friday (July 31) extends the ban on International commercial passenger flights till August 31.
In a statement, the govt. said: “The Government has decided to extend the suspension on the Scheduled International Commercial Passenger Services to/from India up to 2359 hours IST of 31st August.”
“However, this restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA,” the official statement said.
It may be noted that during the suspension period because of the Covid-19 situation in India, over 2500 repatriation flights by foreign carriers to uplift stranded passengers to/from India has been approved.
Under the Vande Bharat Mission, in total Air India and Air India Express have uplifted 2,67,436 stranded passengers and other charters have uplifted 4,86,811 stranded passengers during the period from 6th May to 30th July 2020.
The Ministry of External Affairs last week announced Phase 5 of Vande Bharat Mission, the 5th Phase of the largest evacuation mission will be starts from 1st August and continue till 31st August.