Domestic flight ban extended till Apr 14 midnight

Schedule domestic passenger flights, like international ones, will restart from the midnight of April 14-15, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said on Friday. Earlier this week, DGCA had ordered the suspension of domestic flights up to the month-end. However, the govt announced a 21-day lockdown, ending April 14, to contain Covid-19 pandemic.

Domestic flight ban extended till April 14 midnight: DGCA

Schedule domestic passenger flights, like international ones, will restart from the midnight of April 14-15, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said on Friday. Earlier this week, DGCA had ordered the suspension of domestic flights up to the month-end. However, the govt announced a 21-day lockdown, ending April 14, to contain Covid-19 pandemic.

No foreign flights till April 14 midnight: DGCA

All international commercial passenger flights will remain suspended till April 14, aviation regulator DGCA announced on Thursday, amid a nationwide lockdown to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The DGCA on March 19 had announced that no international commercial passenger flight operations will take place in India from March 23 to March 29.

Coronavirus scare spared domestic air travel in February, shows DGCA data

Despite coronavirus’ dark shadow on travel, India saw 1.2 crore people flying within the country last month — up almost 9% from 1.1 crore in February 2019. The first two months of this year have seen 2.5 crore domestic flyers, an increase of 5.4% from 2.4 crore in January-February 2019 period, according to DGCA data

Disinfect planes every 24 hrs: DGCA to airlines

All aircraft need to have hand sanitizers and ensure that their crew are given personal protective equipment (PPE) like masks and gloves. DGCA on Tuesday directed all airlines to place hand sanitizers in “sufficient quantity and placed in common areas such as lavatories/ galleys. Availability of soap in the lavatories shall also be ensured.”

Disinfect aircraft before next flight: DGCA

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has made it mandatory for aircraft flying in from Italy, South Korea and Japan to India to be disinfected thoroughly. All incoming passengers on these flights to India will need to be screened and if any flyer shows symptoms of coronavirus, then the aircraft will have to undergo

DGCA to test aviation personnel for drug use

In a bid to make flying safer, flight crew and air traffic controllers (ATCO) will now be tested for drug abuse, just like breath-analyser (BA) checks to ensure that they are not tipsy. DGCA chief, Arun Kumar has ordered “random drug testing for the consumption of (10) psychoactive substances” like cocaine, marijuana/hashish, MDMA or ecstasy

Flyers from Japan, S. Korea to be screened

As per DGCA circular issued on Friday, passengers flying in from Japan, South Korea, Thailand and Singapore to India will also be screened for Coronavirus apart from those coming from China and Hong Kong. This enhanced scope for screening order by India covers passengers flying here from almost all main southeast Asian destinations and far

DGCA suspends AirAsia India pilot for runway incursion

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has suspended the flying licence of an AirAsia India captain for three months, for runway incursion at Mumbai Airport last year. The regulator took this decision after probing the airline’s flight I5-374 which was preparing to depart from Mumbai for Indore on November 5 when it mistakenly entered

Regulators ‘morons’, DGCA ‘even stupider’: Boeing staff

Boeing staff, in their internal communications pertaining to the design and certification of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, had ridiculed airline officials and various countries’ regulators, including the Indian aviation regulator DGCA. According to reports published on Friday, after calling regulators of other countries “morons”, a Boeing employee went on to say that DGCA “is