International scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes (File)
The restrictions on international flights have been extended till March 31, aviation watchdog Directorate General of Civil Aviation or DGCA said in a statement on Friday.
"The competent authority has further extended the validity of circular issued on the subject cited above regarding Scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hours IST of 31st March, 2021," the aviation body said.
pic.twitter.com/gCmviBPKcW— DGCA (@DGCAIndia) February 26, 2021
The restrictions will not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specially approved by the aviation watchdog.
"However, International Scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case-to-case basis," it added.
The ban on international flights was announced in March last year to check the transmission of the coronavirus. Over the months, the centre, which is the highest executive authority in matters related to the pandemic, has eased restrictions in most of the sectors of the economy but not international flight operations.
The Centre also allowed domestic flight operations later last year.
In last December, the authorities had placed a weeks-long ban on flights to and from the United Kingdom over the discovery of a highly contagious strain of the coronavirus. The ban was later revoked.