The Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Wednesday issued a circular and announced that scheduled international flights to/from India to remain suspended till 23:59 hrs IST of 31st January 2021.
“In partial modification of circular dated 26-06-2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of circular issued on the subject cited above regarding Scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs 1ST of 31st January, 2021“, said DGCA in the circular.
And this restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA, said the circular.
However, as per the announcement, International Scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has also further extended the temporary suspension of flights to/from the United Kingdom till 7th January 2020.
“The competent authority has further extended temporary suspension of flights to/from United Kingdom till 7th January, 2020. However, this restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA.”
Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri also tweeted earlier confirming the announcement “Decision has been taken to extend the temporary suspension of flights to & from the UK till 7 January 2021. Thereafter strictly regulated resumption will take place for which details will be announced shortly.”
The government of India has suspended all flights between India and the UK on 22nd December due to the rapidly spreading new coronavirus strain.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) had directed all airports that all passengers returning from the UK would have to be tested upon arrival.
So far, Over 40 countries have imposed restrictions on travel to the United Kingdom and the new coronavirus strain has been found in Denmark, the Netherlands, Australia, Italy, India, Sweden, France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Japan, Lebanon, and Singapore.