AGENCIES, New Delhi: The ban on all domestic flights operations across India that was till March 31 has been extended till April 14 as the country steps up efforts to fight COVID-19, aviation regulator DGCA said on Friday.
International flights in and out of India were already stopped till April 14 before the 21-day pan-India shutdown was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his second address to the nation on the coronavirus pandemic last week.
“All domestic operators engaged in scheduled, non-scheduled and private aircraft operations in India shall ensure strict compliance of the order,” the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a statement on Friday.
Meanwhile, apart from India, which has extended its ban on commercial international flights till April 14 as a precautionary measure to curb the spread of COVID-19, governments in Australia and New Zealand have also taken similar precautionary measures by banning international flights.
The Indian government has also asked the railways and the civil aviation ministries to suspend all concessional travel, except for students, patients and for persons belonging to the Divyang category, to dissuade travel and encourage social distancing.