Saturday, June 20, 2020

International flight operations likely to resume by mid-July, say sources

The central government may resume international flight operation by mid-July (around July 15), said sources on Saturday. The government will be in a better position to start international flights when the domestic air traffic volume reaches 50 per cent, added the sources. The Centre expects it to reach 50 per cent around July 15, further added the sources.

Ahead of the pandemic, 300,000 people travelled daily by air and based on this data the government will decide the way forward.

Currently, after the resumption of domestic flight service from May 25, around 65,000-70,000 people are flying by air every day while 30,000 people travelled by air on May 25. About 700 flights are flying daily on the domestic route.

According to Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, the government is going to increase many domestic routes and flight frequencies in the next week. He said that this step will not only benefit in meeting demand but also increase the domestic air traffic volume.

Earlier addressing a press conference on flight operations and related issues, Puri asserted that the international flight operations will start only after other countries open their air space or borders.
Puri said, "Any suggestion that international traffic has opened up and we are the only one not to open up, needs a reality check. The exact time when we will resume international flight depends on the other countries to be open to receive flights. In absence of a decision on resumption of international civil aviation we are left with no option but to continue what I call evacuation and repatriation flights under managed and controlled conditions."
20/06/20 Sameer Dixit/ZeeNews
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