In view of this lockdown, DGCA has extended the ban period on international flights. Earlier, on 12th March, the Central Government had decided to cancel all visa applications.
New Delhi| The ban on international flights has been extended from 29th March to 14th April. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation, or DGCA, took this decision on Thursday. Earlier, the DGCA banned these flights from 23 March to 29 March. The DGCA said in its decision, “On March 19, a circular was issued about suspending international flights operations. Now the ban period is being extended till 12 pm on 14th April. This restriction will not apply to cargo flights.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown. He said that it is necessary to break the chain of coronavirus transmission. In view of this lockdown, DGCA has extended the ban period on international flights. Earlier, on 12th March, the Central Government had decided to cancel all visa applications. All visa applications were rejected from 12 pm on 13th March until 15th April.
India is connected to 80 cities in 55 countries by international flights.
India has Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Kochi, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad as the main international airports. Apart from these, international flights are also available from around 20 airports in the country. These airports can reach 80 cities from 55 countries. According to a report in February 2019, around 32 crore international passengers use these flights in a year in the country.