India extends international commercial flight ban till Sept 30
The Indian government has decided to continue with the ban on commercial flights operating to and from India till 30th September (midnight). Earlier the ban end was scheduled on 31st August. The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has said that the restrictions will not apply to the international all- cargo flights and the flights approved by the regulator. However, the ban does not mean that no flights will operate, as the DGCA circular clearly states that international scheduled flights maybe allowed on select routes by the competent authority on case-to-case basis. Commercial international passenger flights have been banned from March 25 this year because of the corona virus pandemic. The government has however allowed flights from U.K, Germany, U.S., France and many other countries to fly to India and carry back passengers. The government is in negotiations with 18 countries including Japan, Thailand, Singapore and Australia for starting air bubbles.