New Delhi: The ban on worldwide flight operations has been prolonged until February 28, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) introduced on Thursday. ALSO READ | Davos Summit: PM Modi Lauds India’s Handling Of Covid Crisis, Talks About Helping Other Nations In Vaccine Drive
The ban on worldwide flights was carried out final yr to include coronavirus unfold within the nation. “The restrictions shall not apply to worldwide all-cargo operations and flights particularly authorised by DGCA,” Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a round.
“(*28*), worldwide scheduled flights could also be allowed on chosen routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case foundation,” the regulator added.
The centre had allowed domestic flight operations last year but restrictions have been imposed on international flights. Recently, there was a temporary ban on flights to and from the UK in the wake of the new “superspreader” strain detected there.
Aviation Ministry, meanwhile, is getting closer to the scale of the domestic flight operations as they were before the Coronavirus pandemic put everything to a halt.
“2,73,845 passengers on 2,179 flights yesterday is a new high since domestic flights resumed on 25 May 2020. This takes us even closer to the pre-Covid numbers. Flying has emerged as the chosen mode of transport which offers efficiency, safety and predictability,” Union Minister Hardeep Puri tweeted earlier this month.
Meanwhile, Railway Board has permitted Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation to resume e-catering services at a selected number of stations as revealed by IRCTC. The catering service had been stopped fearing Coronavirus spread.