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India extends ban on international flights till Oct 31

India’s Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Tuesday extended the suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger flights till October 31, 2021.

The restriction, however, does not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA, according to a circular issued by DGCA.

Additionally, the competent authority may also permit international scheduled flights on selected routes on a case-by-case basis, the Indian regulatory body stated.

“In partial modification of circular dated 26-06-2020, the competent authority has further extended the validity of circular issued on the subject cited above regarding Scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hrs IST of 31st October, 2021. This restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA,” the DGCA said in a circular.

Last month, the DGCA extended the suspension of scheduled international commercial passenger flights until September 30.

Meanwhile, after 201 days, the number of new Covid-19 cases in India fell below 20,000 (18,795), bringing the country’s total cases to 33 697,581, while the number of active cases decreased to 292,206, the lowest level in 192 days.

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