Why ban on International flights has been extended?

Why ban on International flights has been extended?

Team Ambitiousbaba and AB are here with a Current Affairs Special Series. In this series, candidates will be introduced to current affairs topics daily, which will not only improve their general awareness but also will ensure that the candidates do not lack in any current affairs topic. Today’s Current Affairs topic is “Why ban on International flights has been extended?

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has extended the suspension on scheduled commercial international flights till January 31. Even India has also modified its list of ‘at-risk’ countries — travellers from where are need to additional health requirements.

All international flights will be cancelled?

Not all International flights will be cancelled under this suspension. The international flights which are scheduled currently will continue their operation under special air-bubble arrangements; these will also continue to operate as per their schedule. India has signed air bubble arrangements with 32 countries some of them are the US, Singapore, Qatar, the UAE, the UK, France, Germany, etc. however travel to these countries will be conditioned to their health guidelines.

When will regular international flights be resumed?

India had announced resumption of regular international flights with effect from December 15, but that decision was pulled back in light of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. A new effective date of resumption will be notified as per covid-19 situation by the DGCA. The resumption was done in a graduated manner with a distributed opening for countries which was considered ‘at-risk’.

Conditions in Air bubble arrangement:

Among the ‘at-risk’ countries, flights would have been operational at a 75 per cent capacity as decided in bilateral agreements, and without an air bubble arrangement, at 50 per cent capacity would be allowed, if India has an air bubble arrangement.
Other than these countries which are not a part of the ‘at-risk’ category, 100 per cent of the flights could be permitted to resume.

Changes in the list of ‘at-risk’ countries:

The Health and Family Welfare Ministry has withdrawn Singapore and Bangladesh from the list of ‘at-risk’ countries. It means passengers from these destinations will be granted to travel to India quarantine-free. The MoHFW has included Ghana and Tanzania to the list.

Currently the list of ‘at-risk’ countries consists: Some part of Europe, Brazil, Botswana, China, Ghana, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Hong Kong and Israel.

Question & Answer:

Q1. DGCA has extended its suspension of international passengers’ flights till which date?

Ans. 31st January, 2022

Q2. What is the permitted capacity of flight which is scheduled from ‘at risk’ list country and has an air bubble arrangement?

Ans. 75%

Q3. Who is the Director General of DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation)?

Ans. Arun Kumar (IAS)

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