The lockdown — first announced on March 23 — was supposed to end on May 3.
“The validity of MoCA (ministry of civil aviation) order prohibiting domestic flight operations has been extended up to 2359 hrs IST (11:59 pm) on May 17, 2020,” the Directorate General of Civil Aviation stated in a release shared on Twitter.
It has also been decided to extend scheduled international commercial passenger services till May 17, the regulator added.
It further stated that “foreign and domestic airlines shall be suitably informed about the opening of their operations, whether international to/from India or domestic respectively, in due course.”
It must be noted that restriction doesn’t apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA.