Friday, April 03, 2020

UAE-India air links may be resumed, says Minister

New Delhi: India's Civil Aviation Ministry today offered cautious optimism that passenger air connections with the UAE may be resumed soon after India's three-week lockdown prompted by the global Covid-19 outbreak ends on April 14.

"Any incoming flights to bring Indians back home will have to await the lifting of the lockdown," Hardeep Singh Puri, the Minister for Civil Aviation, told reporters this evening.

"The lockdown is till April 15 - and, we can start considering the resumption of flights on a case-by-case basis depending on where they are coming from after that," Puri said.

India banned all scheduled international commercial passenger aircraft from landing in India effective March 22 without any timeline.

Puri's statement today is the first indication that international air traffic will be resumed when the current lockdown ends.

The cut off in civil aviation links between India and the outside world came into effect two days before the domestic lockdown and was prompted by concern that international passenger arrivals were fuelling the spread of Coronavirus. So there was no guarantee until this evening that an end to the lockdown will automatically lead to a resumption of international flights.
02/04/20 Wam/Khaleej Times
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