International commercial flights to remain suspended till July 15: DGCA

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New Delhi (NVI): All scheduled international commercial passenger flight services to and from India will remain suspended till July 15, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced yesterday.

The restriction, however, will not be applied on international all-cargo operations and other flights specially approved services by the DGCA.

A circular released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) stated, “Scheduled international commercial passenger services to or from India shall remain suspended till 23:59 hours IST of July 15, 2020.”

The DGCA official release further stated that, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case to case basis.

Besides this, the government is currently running the third phase of Vande Bharat Mission – one of the largest initiatives to repatriate Indians stranded abroad due to
coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this week, Union Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri had said that a decision to resume international passenger flights will be taken in July, further adding that it would depend on the coronavirus behavior and if the entire ecosystem and state governments are on board.

“I am often asked, when can you start international civil aviation? If you leave it to me, and if the ecosystem works, and if we have the predictability in terms of behaviour of the virus, I think in the coming month we should start taking the decision,” Puri said.

He also said that, these decisions will not be taken by the Indian Civil Aviation Ministry. These decisions will be taken by the governments after looking at their domestic situation.

-RJV/CHK