The Indian Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday said that the international passenger flights will resume in a phased manner during ‘Unlock 2.0.’
After the outbreak of the corona virus, India stopped all national and international flight services in the last week of March. While domestic flights started operating on limited routes after a two-month break, international flight service will remain suspended until July 15.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) earlier mentioned “international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes on a case-to-case basis.”
The DGCA order had come after several countries such as the United Kingdom, France urged the Indian government for allowing Air India to carry outbound passengers from India on its flights under Vande Bharat Mission.
the central government started Vande Bharat Mission on May 6 to bring back the stranded Indians across the world.
In the first three phases of the Vande Bharat Mission, around 875 international flights were scheduled for operation from over 50 countries across 5 continents.
Nearly 1,25,000 Indians have returned from different countries, the civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri mentioned earlier.
“International air travel of passengers has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission. Further opening up will take place in a calibrated manner,” said the central government.
The Minister of Civil Aviation had previously said that the resumption of international flight service would depend on factors such as border acceptance standards in the country of arrival and traffic demand. He also highlighted the prospects of bilateral bubble agreements that will enable some international operations between countries.
In a relief to the airlines, the civil aviation ministry allowed the companies to fly up to 45% of the pre-COVID-19 capacity on domestic routes. The domestic airlines have ferried close to two million passengers in a resuming service on May 25, a senior government official said.