Friday, March 27, 2020

Domestic, international flight ban extended; to restart from April 14-15 midnight: DGCA

New Delhi: Schedule domestic passenger flights, like international ones, will restart on the midnight of April 14-15.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Friday said its earlier order for suspension of schedule passenger, charter and private aircraft flight “is hereby extended till 2359 hours (India time) on April 14, 2020. All domestic operators engaged in scheduled, non-scheduled and private aircraft operations in lndia shall ensure strict compliance of the order.”
 DGCA had this Monday ordered suspension of domestic flights up to the month-end. Later a 21-day lockdown was ordered across India to contain the spread of coronavirus which will end on April 14. Accordingly the previously-announced suspension periods for domestic and international schedule passenger flights, charter flights and private aircraft movement is now till April 14-15 midnight.
Only all-cargo, medical evacuation and special DGCA-approved flights, apart from off-shore helicopter operations, will be allowed in the civilian space till then. To be sure, authorities are hoping the spread of coronavirus gets under control during the 21-day lockdown.
 “We hope all flights, and normal life, can resume and that the 21-day lockdown is able to contain the spread of the virus. We are constantly reviewing the situation and taking all required steps in real time,” said an official, when asked if the flight suspension could be extended beyond April 15.
27/03/20 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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