No Scheduled International Flight For Now: Aviation Minister

In July, there will be over 600 repatriation international flights conducted as part of the fourth phase of Vande Bharat Mission.

Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday in a press conference, has shed some light on the resumption of scheduled international flights and future of air travel in India and how services will be expanded in the coming days.

Aviation minister has announced that they will soon reach 33 percent of domestic air traffic.

He also added that the resumption of international flight operations depends on other countries’ reactions.

This could be due to the fact that, depending on the coronavirus situation in different countries, different procedures and restrictions may apply to air services, which ultimately affect international flights to and from India.

  • The Minister added that as of now, India will continue with the repatriation flights until further decision.

Air India CMD Pradeep Singh Kharola added that they are currently working on increasing capacity to meet requirements and are planning to complete more than 600 flights in the fourth phase of the repatriation in July.

The government recently decided to significantly increase the number of evacuation flights from the Gulf States, Africa, Singapore and Malaysia under the Vande Bharat Mission.

The Indian government launched the Vande Bharat mission on May 6 to help stranded people reach their destinations with special international flights amid the lockdown caused by the corona virus.

  • “Took decisions to significantly ramp up evacuation operations from Gulf countries, Singapore, Malaysia & Africa at a meeting to review operations under Vande Bharat Mission with Civil Aviation Secretary, Air India CMD, Airports Authority of India (AAI) Chairman and officials of Ministry of External Affairs,” Puri had said on Twitter.

India suspended international and domestic passenger flights on March 23 and 25. While domestic passenger traffic resumed on May 25, international passenger traffic in India remains suspended.


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Read also – 750 Private, 350 Air India Flights To Be Added in 3rd, 4th Phases of Vande Bharat Mission


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  1. Very bad no take a decision about international flights. They should care and think about who need go india to meet they loves ones. These people are really selfish ..Hope they open for international flights till December. I need to go india and meet my love ones..this is not fair!

  2. Hi,
    Then how long should be waiting for people who have visa in medical field like in the middle East countries. They are now jobless for around 5 months and visa going to expire.
    Kindly do something about this. Please arrange. Chartered flight for people who are ready to go.

    Thank you

    • If you have valid visa you can travel in reparation flight, all you need to do is just take approval from embassy to travel.

  3. I have a job offer and Visa has got cancelled 2 times , my employer will reapply the Visa but I cannot sit for 4 months unemployed .As a strong nation we should start opening our airports rather than create more unemployment in our youngsters

  4. We are residents in Gulf . My Son has finished his studies in India n has to come here. It’s nearly 3months that hostel is closed n is staying in relatives house…Very Very disappointing.
    Anxiety n stress of parents to be noted.
    Please tell us what are the documents required to travel thru AirIndia repatriation flight.
    Give us the contact number …as my son is in Bangalore n no one is attending the call Air India.

  5. Please think about us seafarers who have to join their vessels. If getting people from abroad is important so is letting people make their earnings.. why can’t DG shipping and aviation ministry think about this.

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