Hyderabad: In view of the Coronavirus pandemic which has claimed 17 lives in the country, the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has announced that all domestic flights will remain cancelled till 14 April.

All domestic operators engaged in scheduled, non-scheduled, and private aircraft operations in India are expected to comply with the new order, the civil aviation department said in a fresh circular released on 27 March. All international commercial passenger services will also remain suspended till 14 April, the DGCA said.

The restrictions, however, do not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA. Neither does it apply to aircraft or helicopters belonging or operating on behalf of the state or Union Territories. The order also allows airports to function in order to handle permitted flight operations.

On 23 March, the ministry of civil aviation had cancelled domestic flights till 31 March. It had said, “The government considers that the movement of persons within the country by flights carrying a large number of persons together will aid and assist the spread of the virus within India. For prevention of further spread of the epidemic disease, such movements of people must be restricted.”

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