Domestic flights to resume only for cities in Green zone: Aviation Minister


Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri in a recent interview given to CNN-News18 has confirmed domestic flight service will only start when both arrival and departure cities are in Green Zone.

Puri also said that resuming flight service will be a challenging task as the zones keep on changing based on coronavirus cases.

The civil aviation ministry is already in discussion with airlines to start scheduled commercial flight services to post lockdown on May 17.

Puri said that whenever the flight services will resume, they will resume in a phased manner with domestic airlines operating in the initial phase, followed by international flights.


Ministry of Civil Aviation earlier announced 64 evacuation flights, all by Air India to bring back stranded Indians. The biggest rescue operation of its times, over 1.9 Lakh citizens are expected to return back to India.

The government is additionally discussing social distancing norms within the flight. Airlines have suggested that vacating one seat to keep up social distance inside the flight will increase the price burden on passengers.

Airlines and Ministry are working out to operate without compromising on health and security and the ministry has asked airlines to work out other measures in order that passengers won’t be paying this additional burden.

No final decision has been reached to this point and the consent of PM Modi will be taken once the final plan is prepared.


(With Inputs from News18 & PTI)

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  1. Sir, please make available domestic flights so that stranded people would be able to go back to Kerala. It’s going to be 2 months since lockdown. Govt is not arranging special trains to Kerala. Road transport is too long from Mumbai and costlyalong with quarantine cost. How long it takes mumbai to be green zone. Gulf people have reached Kerala we being in mumbai are not able to reach Kerala. Kindly do it at the earliest
    Our family is there in Kerala. Came for only 5 days to take back my son who was having jaundice. Please do the needful

  2. Please sir resume domestic flights from kolkata to Mumbai as I am stuck in Kolkatta with my kids from 50days and go home

  3. This is not justice travel are allowed in green zones from 50days we are stuck in Kolkatta and want go back Gujrat .Migrants, students,NRI they don’t hv any conditions. We have to follow the rules. I Want to go home please please help

  4. I am stuck in Mumbai,want to go to Lucknow.came to Mumbai in January for one month due to some work.want to go back to Lucknow.please start domestic flight.

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