Government’s big decision amid Omicron threat, ban on international flight to continue till 31 January

The problems are increasing due to the new mutant variant Omicron of Corona. People planning to travel to any other country are not going to get relief till January 31. The government has decided to continue the ban on international flights till January 31.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation gave this information in an order issued on Thursday evening. DGCA said in this order that the ban on all scheduled international flights will continue till 31 January 2022. The DGCA has also clarified in the order that this restriction is not for all-cargo flights and special approved flights.

DGCA said that in view of the threat of Covid-19, some changes have been made in the circular issued on 26 November 2021. The authority said that scheduled international flights can be approved for selected routes on a case on case basis. Along with the Airport Authority of India (AAI), all airport operators have been asked to ensure strict compliance with this order sent.

This decision of DGCA has come at a time when many cases of Omicron have come to the fore in India as well. It is believed that this variant of corona can also infect vaccinated people. Earlier, the Aviation Ministry had said on 15 November that regular international flights can be started from 15 December. There were no cases of the Omicron variant at that time.

International flights are closed in India since 23 March 2020 due to the Corona epidemic. Later, from July last year, flights were approved under a bubble arrangement with about 28 countries. At present, India has a bubble arrangement with 32 countries.