New Delhi: In the wake of Coronavirus pandemic and a nationwide lockdown in effect to arrest the spread of the disease, all international commercial passenger flights will remain suspended till April 14, aviation regulator DGCA announced on Thursday. Also Read - Pakistan Suspends All Domestic Flights as Coronavirus Cases Jump Over 1,000
“In continuation of circular-II dated 19.3.2020 issued on the subject cited-above, it has been decided that all scheduled international commercial passenger services shall remain closed till 1830 hrs GMT (0000 hrs of Indian Standard Time) of April 14, 2020,” the aviation regulator said. Also Read - DGCA Issues Advisory For 'Social Distancing' on Flights, at Airports | Here are the Rules
“However, this restriction will not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA,” it said. Also Read - 'Why March 22, Close International Flights to India Immediately,' Mamata Banerjee in Video Conference With PM Modi
On March 19, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had announced that no international commercial passenger flight operations will take place in India from 1.30 am on March 23 to 5.30 am on March 29.
The government suspended domestic passenger flight operations from midnight on March 24.
India has so far reported 649 coronavirus positive cases in the country. Thirteen people have died due to it till now.
To contain the spread of the disease, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced a complete lockdown across the country for 21 days from Tuesday midnight, asserting that this is necessary for a decisive battle against the coronavirus.