There are always times where it’s essential to remain grounded. And this isn’t the time to travel. The best policy, as it turns out, is to stay safe and stay indoors. And after all, airports are places that could well turn out to be huge carriers o the dreaded virus. For this reason and to observe utter vigilance in these difficult times, India that had already put a ban on international flights, has now decided to extend the ban until the very end of May, next month.
Simply speaking, there will be no international flights taking to the skies here from India until May 31, 2021.
But now that there’s a clear restriction been put into place, it’s also important to know what does the said restriction not extend to. To that end, it’s useful to know that the ban on international flights does not apply to international all-cargo operations and that’s not all, even flights that have been specifically approved by the aviation regulator.
The above information was confirmed by the DGCA itself.
Such measures, it must be closely noted, are taken in the best interest of the general public. Had there not been such a severe second wave of the COVID virus, one may not have seen such a harsh imposition where it comes to the international flights.
That being told, originally speaking, the ban on international flights was to have ended today, i.e., April 30.
And here we are, confronting the extension of the international flight ban.
Also, in a circular released by the DGCA, the following information came to light:
“However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case to case basis.”
Furthermore, a report published freshly on the renowned NDTV happened to share the following:
Scheduled international passenger services have been suspended in India since March 23 last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But special international flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May last year, and under bilateral “air bubble” arrangements with selected countries since July.
Earlier this week, Australia announced a temporary ban on direct passenger flights from India as New Delhi battles a calamitous rise in coronavirus infections.
Moving on, it’s hardly a surprise that several countries have debarred Indian passengers or visitors from entering their domicile. India, after all, continues to grow as a hotspot to the COVID 19 virus. Which country, in these testing times, would want to take the risk of admitting visitors from India?
Surely, the country has seen far better days in the past. At the moment, the total count of COVID 19 cases in India has surpassed the figure of 3.86 lakhs, a number that until a a few days ago stood at 3.52 lakh cases.
Resultantly, the huge spike in COVID cases all around India has pushed plenty of states to their blackfoot. While some are currently observing night curfews, there are some regions that have completely imposed a lockdown. In what can only be defined as very difficult times, India must stand and fight together to get out of this uncomfortable ghastly phase of horror.
The sad part being that the overall toll of deaths has crossed the figure of 2,00,000.