No Regular International Flights Till January 31 Amidst Omicron Scare

New Delhi: The country has put brakes on its plans for international flights resumption. Scheduled international commercial flights will remain suspended till January 31 amid the alarm over the new Omicron variant of coronavirus, the government announced on Thursday.

International flights were earlier scheduled to resume from December 15.

Extending the suspension on international flights, aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a circular that this restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by it.

It further said that international flights may be allowed on selected routes on a case-to-case basis.

Several nations have imposed news travel measures on account of the Omicron variant.

In India, according to the health ministry guidelines issued last week amid the Omicron alarm, all passengers arriving from “at-risk” nations must compulsorily undergo PCR test and five per cent of passengers arriving from other countries would also have to take the test on a random basis.

Commercial international flights were suspended in March 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak and the government had on November 26 announced its resumption from December 15 after a hiatus of over 20 months.

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