The Indian High Commission on Tuesday asked the Canadian government to lift the ban on direct flights from New Delhi, India. The ban on direct flights from India is in force from April 22, 2021 and has been extended twice till now.

The current travel ban will expire on July 21, 2021 unless extended for the fourth time by the Department of Transport. The suspension was originally announced on April 22 and was supposed to last 30 days.

Ajay Bisaria, High Commissioner of India to Ottawa, in a meeting with Hindustan Times says, "We have pointed out to the Canadian authorities that there is a huge demand and inconvenience to both Indian and Canadian passengers, particularly students. As well, we have pointed out the dramatic recovery in India and the drop in cases."

Bisaria also met officials of Air India and Air Canada. Before the ban came into force, the two national carriers were operating flights almost daily between New Delhi and the Canadian cities of Toronto and Vancouver. Both the airlines are believed to be keen to resume services at the earliest.

After meeting the representative of Air India in Canada, Bisaria tweeted, "Important to rapidly normalize mobility for economic recovery, for achieving normalcy in business and education." 

He also emphasized "normal dynamism" during a meeting with Ontario's provincial leaders, including Cabinet Minister Victor Fedelli and Allied Minister Nina Tangri.

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