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India suspends international flights till July 31

New Delhi: With the coronavirus cases rising, the ministry of civil aviation has extended the ban on international flights till July 31.

The earlier order said the ban would be in place till July 15.

The decision comes even as capacity on domestic routes has been increased to 45% from the earlier 33%.

Chairman of Airports Authority of India (AAI) had said India is in talks with the US and Canada and the countries in European and Gulf regions on establishing individual bilateral bubbles which will allow airlines of each country in the pact to operate international flights.

The international passenger flight services in the country will resume in a phased manner during ‘Unlock 2.0’, the ministry of home affairs said

India suspended all the domestic and international flight services in the last week of March.

The domestic flights have started operations in limited routes after a gap of two months in May. The domestic airlines have ferried close to two million passengers since then, a senior government official earlier said.

International flight movement in countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, China, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates now varies between 3% and 18% of their earlier flight capacity, the minister had said.

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