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Government extends ban on international commercial flights till 31st July

By Disha Sharma -
  • Updated
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  • 30th June 2021,
  • 3:07 PM

The Indian Government decided to ban all international commercial flights till 31st July. This decision has been announced by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in a circular on Wednesday.

Govt bans international flights

Govt bans international flights

Since the Coronavirus cases are not showing good signs, the Indian Government decided to ban all international commercial flights till 31st July. This decision has been announced by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in a circular on Wednesday.

Many of us were wondering that the ban will come to an end on June 30 as it was earlier stated that the ban on scheduled overseas flights was supposed to end on June 30 after a 15-month gap.

However, the civil aviation watchdog firmly stated that the ban doesn’t mean that the dedicated cargo flights, flights under the bilateral air bubble pacts with select countries will not continue to operate. All the services related to the aforementioned will continue to operate.

The circular further reads that the international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on case to case basis.

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But scheduled international passenger services have been suspended in India since March 23, 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Under the Vande Bharat Mission Special international flights have been under operations since May last year, and under bilateral air bubble arrangements with selected countries since July.

Meanwhile, in view of the growing concerns regarding the Delta plus COVID 19 variant, Hong Kong decided to ban all air travels from the United Kingdom. The ban will start from July 1 and is applicable for all incoming passenger from Britain. This means, people who’d recently spent more than two hours in Britain will not be allowed to board flights to Hong Kong from any airport.

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The UK has been segregated as an extremely high-risk country. This decision has been taken in between the political tensions between China and the West over a crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong.

This is for the second time Hong Kong has stopped arrivals from Britain. Earlier, it regulated the ban from December 2020 which stayed till May of this year.

Due to the recent rebound of the pandemic in the UK and the widespread Delta variant virus strain in the country, the ban has come into effect to reduce the transmission of the newly emerged Delta Plus variant city authorities said.

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