Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday said the civil avaition ministry was confident that a decision on resumption of international flights will be taken by next month (July) after taking into confidence all stakeholders and travellers.
“We are confident that in the coming month we’ll start making decisions on resuming international flights, I don’t want to put a timeline here all stakeholders and passengers need to be taken into confidence,” Puri said while addressing a webinar.
Centre intimated all stakeholders and passengers that the decision to resume international flights isn’t easy, because it requires talking to all the states in the country and therefore the international agencies.
“We are trying to make sure that the govt of all states is prepared first for international flights. Being a minister, I received many requests, suggestions and demands from the flyers to resume international flights, but this might be possible once the whole ecosystem is ready for international service,” Puri said.
“We are operating many flights to abroad under Vande Bharat mission to bring back stranded Indians amid COVID-19 situations, but we are operating empty aircraft from India to Gulf country because UAE has banned the entry of the many nationals including India into the country,” Puri added.
Commenting upon the safety while travelling in flight, Puri said, “Air travel is more reliable with respect to travelling by bus and train.”
India resumed the domestic flights’ operations after 60 days of coronavirus-induced lockdown from March 25. India has banned all scheduled international flights from March 25 to stop the spread of the COVID-19 in the country.