Domestic Flights Likely to Start Within A Week: Aviation Minister


Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday in an interview says that preparation to resume domestic flight operation is started and they are ready to start domestic flights within a week.

The commercial flight operations remain suspended since March 24 after the announcement of a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Puri also give hint that domestic flights may also starts even before 15th May.

The Civil Aviation Minister has also stated that as soon as the Centre gives its nod to resume domestic flights, the industry will be able to take off immediately.


The industry has been severely hit with the lockdown as several airlines have announced pay cuts for employees. With no flights, certain airlines have also sent their staff on forced leaves.

Puri said, the Ministry also foresees changes in the way people would travel with strict adherence to the social distancing norms. He said there will be changes in SOPs related to flight operation. 

Puri informed that once the airports would reopen long queues would not be allowed, people shall be asked to reach the airport well before the normal time, whereas baggage entitlement might be reduced and meal services may be stopped. 

He said all these things will be finalized after consultation with the airlines. Mr. Puri added that a calibrated reopening can happen after the lockdown.


The Minister said, during the lockdown, hundreds of flights of Lifeline Udan have carried essential supplies to various parts of the country so far.

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