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Short Information :When will international flights start in India? ‘Decision in coming month’, says Aviation Ministry,Union Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri refused to give a timeline on restarting international flights but added decisions around the same can be taken ‘in the coming month’
When will international flights start in India
- Domestic air travel was allowed from May 25, however, ban on international trave continues
- Aviation Minister said decisions around restarting international travel will be taken ‘in the coming month’
Union Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri refused to give a timeline on restarting international flights but added decisions around the same can be taken ‘in the coming month’
New Delhi: International travel continues to remain suspended as coronavirus continue to rise unabated in the country. After opening up a host of economic activities, the government is mulling opening up of international travel in the near future.
Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri is of the view that the decisions around lifting curbs on international travel could be taken “in the coming month”.
Speaking on the matter, Puri said “We are confident that in the coming month we will start taking decisions on the resumption of international flights. I do not want to put a timeline here, all stakeholders and travellers need to be taken into confidence”.
It is to be noted that domestic air travel, with caps on the number of flights at each airport, was allowed from May 25.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) even removed certain restrictions on major airports such as Mumbai to meet increasing demand and give relief to passengers.
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Aiport (CSMIA), the second busiest airport in the country, was allowed to operate 100 flights per day beginning June 16 from 50 earlier.
MoCA also allowed Maharashtra to go ahead with the move to increase the number of domestic flights to 100 per day from 50 allowed earlier.
CSMIA will now handle 50 arrivals and an equal number of departures – up from 25 earlier allowed between May 25 to June 14.
Lauding the impressive growth in domestic travel since the reopening of the sector on May 25, Puri said air traffic has been steadily rising after the total travel was lifted on domestic air travel in May-end.
“On 14 June, Day 21 till 2359 hours, Indian airports had handled 714 72,583 departure passengers and 714 72,439 arrival passengers. Footfalls at airports were registered to be 1,45,022 while total number of flyers stood at 72,583.” he tweeted.
All scheduled commercial passenger flights were suspended in India on March 25 after the central government imposed a lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19. Domestic flights in the country resumed operations from May 25.