India suspends all international flights over coronavirus

- A Monitor Desk Report 21 Mar, 2020 | 1060 Views|-+
Dhaka: India is going to ban all commercial international airlines operating to the country from March 22 for a week following the efforts to prevent the coronavirus spread, the government announced on March 19.

In addition to the government advisory, the Indian aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a separate statement that while a maximum time of 20 hours is permissible for international commercial passenger aircraft to land in India, no aircraft will be allowed to disembark passengers on Indian soil, both Indians and foreigners, after 8 pm on March 22.

"These instructions are in addition to the travel restrictions/advisories already issued and under implementation," DGCA circular added.

Earlier, India temporarily banned foreign arrivals in the country till April 15 in a bid to contain the spread of Covid-19 pandemic which have claimed several thousands of lives worldwide.

Globally, over 11,000 people have died due to COVID-19, while the number of those infected crossed 276,000, according to reports.

Many countries have restricted the entry of foreigners as a precautionary measure to contain the virus.

Most Indian airlines have cancelled a significant number of international and domestic flights as travel restrictions hit transport and tourism sectors.

International Air Transport Association (IATA) has warned that the coronavirus pandemic, if not contained, could cost airlines globally as much as USD 113 billion in revenue loss.

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