Delhi Airport said it is ready to restart international flights in the ‘new normal‘ environment basis its handling of repatriations and evacuation flights.
“During the two months of lockdown period, DIAL handled about 92 flights, handling ~8,000 passengers to destinations that have never been connected from Delhi Airport before the COVID situation. Operation of these international flights has ensured that Delhi Airport is ready for the resumption of International Flights in the ‘new normal’ environment,” the airport operator said in a white paper.
While the airport says its ready for international flights, the govt has extended the ban on restart of international flights till July 15, 2020.
A senior govt official said that they would like to restart international flights but the two key airports in the country still have restrictions in place and the international operations may have to wait.
“We would want to restart flights but Delhi and Mumbai, our two key airports that receive international traffic, have restrictions in place in terms of quarantine and rising number of cases. On top of it, there are restrictions at many international airports too,” said a senior govt official, who did not want to be identified.
Delhi airport also said that it received flights from 28 new destinations from around the world, which were not directly connected with Delhi airport, as the world and India conducted evacuation and repatriation both into and out of India.
As per the Airport, “these destinations, including several long haul countries, are:
- Accra in Ghana
- Auckland, Christchurch, and Wellington in New Zealand
- Brisbane in Australia
- Cairo and Marsa Alam in Egypt
- Jakarta and Denpasar-Bali in Indonesia
- Zhengzhou in China
- Shymkent, Atyrau and Karaganda/Sary-Arka in Kazakhstan
- Domodedovo in Russia
- Dublin in Ireland
- Ankara/Esenboga in Turkey.
“Many of these new destinations, with high tourism potential, may attract airlines to add to their scheduled service routes.” the airport said.