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India delays resumption of international flights amid Omicron concerns

A week after the Centre government announced that international flights will resume from December 15, the decision was withheld on Wednesday amid the rising concerns of the new omicron variant of Covid 19.

The government confirmed that they will announce a new date in future, after reconsidering the plans for the resumption of scheduled international flights.

The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said that in the view of the evolving global scenario amid the concerns of emergence of new variants, the situation is being closely monitored and an appropriate decision about resumption of scheduled commercial international passengers will be taken.

Earlier on November 27, the Ministry of Civil Aviation had announced resumption of commercial flights from December 15 after a 21-month long ban in wake of Covid-19 pandemic.

Following the announcement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked the government officials to reconsider the plans for lifting the border reopening restrictions, keeping in view of the chances of transmission of the new variant.

The government had announced to resume flights in a staggered and phased manner for countries considered as ‘high risk’. These countries include Europe, UK, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, China, Mauritius, New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Singapore, Hong Kong and Israel.

It was decided that for the countries, which have air bubble arrangements with India, flights will be resumed at 75% capacity while for the countries, that do not have air bubble arrangements, the flights were asked to run at 50% capacity. Not only this, for the countries that were not listed as ‘high-risk’, the flights were allowed to run at 100% capacity.