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Ban on international flights to continue till 31st December


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New Delhi : The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has extended the ban on the movement of scheduled international commercial flights in India till 31 December due to the Coronavirus epidemic. But during this time flights going under the Vande Bharat Mission will continue. Earlier international flights were banned till 30 November. As per DGCA order, only selected flights will be allowed to operate.

It may be noted that India resumed domestic passenger flights on 25 May after a two-month gap due to the coronavirus epidemic. After this, the Vande Bharat Mission was launched to bring back the stranded passengers abroad and air bubble agreements were also signed with many countries. Indian airlines are allowed to operate a maximum of 60 percent of former Covid-19 domestic flights. Since the launch of the Vande Bharat Mission in the country, till October 29, more than 27 lakh Indians have returned from other countries.

The corona epidemic crisis continues in India. After 44,489 new cases of Covid-19 were reported in a single day, infection cases in the country increased to 92.66 lakh, out of which 86.79 lakh people have become infection free. According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry at 8 am on Thursday, 92,66,705 cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the country so far. After the death of 524 more people, the death toll increased to 1,35,223.

Alexander de Juniak, CEO of the International Air Traffic Association (IATA), a global organization of aviation companies, had said that due to the global pandemic Covid-19, revenue passenger kilometers could return to their 2019 state only by 2024. He said that if we were not successful in controlling the virus or developing the vaccine, then this time limit could extend even further.

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