India’s move to cancel foreign flights will lead to cancellation of 700 flights a week

New Delhi/Mumbai: As India closes itself for all international flights till end of March and starting early morning on Monday, the period will see cancellation of about 700 flights a week, including both foreign and Indian carriers.

The impact will, however, be felt more by foreign airlines, as Indian carriers had already cancelled a large number of flights to international destinations.

The government on Thursday said no scheduled international commercial passenger aircraft will be allowed to land in India from March 22 for one week. The ban is only on commercial passenger aircraft and not on aeroplanes carrying freight.

“With this order, about 100 international flights daily which are being operated as on date, will be cancelled,” said a senior government official, who did not want to be identified.

Prior to the Covid-19 virus outbreak, which has led to the cancellation of various flights across the globe, India used to receive about 300 international flights daily.

This has now reduced to 100 after India banned the entry of people from 31 countries in Europe and the United Kingdom early this week.
23/04/20 Mihir Mishra/Anirban Chowdhury/Economic Times

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