Saturday, June 20, 2020

Over 700 flights operating per day; international ops will resume after other nations open air space: Civil Aviation Ministry

Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday stated that over 700 flights are operating per day. 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 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."

He said that close to 2,75,000 Indians, who were stranded in foreign countries, have been brought back to the country in flights and ships during the lockdown.
Civil Aviation Secretary P S Kharola said that the upper and lower limits on airfares may be extended beyond August 24 depending on how the situation pans out. "There has been a paradigm shift in people's way of air travel. Today, almost all people are getting boarding passes while sitting at home. The entire process of boarding, check-in, baggage drops have been made contactless. Even at the security frisking or checks, the risk has been minimized. Air travel is nearly risk-free. There has been no adverse impact of coronavirus on fliers," he said.

He added, "All stakeholders have responded best in all possible manners."
20/06/20 Zee News
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