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International flights ban extended till May 31

NEW DELHI: The ban on scheduled international commercial passenger flights to and from India have been suspended until May 31.

The director-general of civil aviation (DGCA) said today that international scheduled flights under select routes would continue to operate on a “case-by-case” basis.

“The competent authority has extended the validity of the circular issued on the subject cited above regarding scheduled international commercial passenger services to or from India until 2359 hrs IST on May 31, 2021, in partial modification of circular date 26-6-2020,” the circular read.

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The restriction would not extend to international all-cargo operations or flights that the DGCA has expressly approved, it added.

Many countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Canada and Kuwait, have banned flights from India due to COVID-19 cases and the presence of the “double mutant” virus in the region.

Owing to an unprecedented increase in COVID-19 cases, Australia has suspended all direct passenger flights from India for the next three weeks.

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The suspension of international commercial flights comes as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc in India.

India’s cumulative caseload reached 1,83,76,524, with over 3.86 lakh new COVID-19 cases recorded on Thursday, the highest since the pandemic began a year ago.

The death toll has risen by 3,498 in the last 24 hours, bringing the number to 2,08,330.

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