A circular issued in this regard by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation states that, the Center has extended the ban on international commercial flights till 31 March.
The restrictions will not apply to flights specifically approved by the international all-cargo operations and aviation body. The circular also states that international scheduled flights may be permitted by the competent authority to fly on selected routes depending on the situation.
Significantly, international flights were banned in March last year in view of Corona virus.
After this, as the case of Corona was reduced, the government slowly started removing the restrictions from many areas but no relaxation was given in the restrictions on international flights. In December last year, the central government banned the movement of flights between UK and India due to the new strain of Corona found in the European country. However, the ban was lifted shortly thereafter.
On Friday, the Ministry of Home Affairs said that the current guidelines regarding corona virus will remain in force till 31 March. The ministry issued a statement saying that although active and new cases of the corona virus have declined, monitoring, control and caution are required to completely reverse the epidemic. The ministry has also asked states and union territories to expedite the corona virus vaccination campaign.