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Coronavirus: India extends ban on international flights until April 14

Dhanusha Gokulan (Principal Correspondent)/Dubai Filed on March 26, 2020 | Last updated on March 26, 2020 at 05.44 pm
Passengers at Indira Gandhi International Airport


This restriction will not apply to international all-cargo operations.

India has extended its ban on international flight services until April 14, according to the latest advisory from India's aviation regulator.

On March 19, India had banned all scheduled International passenger aircraft to depart for India after 5.30 am IST of March 22. The ban was supposed to last for a week till March 29.

According to a circular issued by the Director General of Civil Aviation, which Khaleej Times has studied, international commercial passenger services shall remain closed till 6.30 pm GMT (10.30 pm UAE time) of April 14. However, this restriction will not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specially approved by the DGCA.

On March 24, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown across the country and advised people to stay indoors. As a result, all trains, metro, flight, bus services have been suspended.


Dhanusha Gokulan

Originally from India, Dhanusha Gokulan has been working as a journalist for 10 years. She has a keen interest in writing about issues that plague the common person, and will never turn down a human interest story. She completed her Bachelor in Arts in Journalism, Economics, and English Literature from Mangalore University in 2008. In her spare time, she dabbles with some singing/songwriting, loves travelling, and Audible is her favourite mobile application. Tweet at her @wordjunkie88

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