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.