Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Centre looking at resumption of international commercial flights: Jyotiraditya Scindia

New Delhi: The Government of India is looking at the resumption of commercial international flights on a daily basis, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Wednesday.

In an exclusive interview with India Today TV, Scindia said that the Civil Aviation ministry is looking at the resumption of scheduled commercial international passenger flights on a 'daily basis'.

"This has to do with multiple ministries. This has not got to do with my domain alone. I am having detailed conversations with MHA [Ministry of Home Affairs] and the Ministry of Health. Very shortly, as talks come to fruition, we will come to a decision," said the Union minister.

Earlier in the day, Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Bansal told India Today that scheduled international commercial passenger flight operations are to resume very soon.

However, the official did not specify a date for the same.

In its latest notification last month, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had said that scheduled international commercial passenger services will stay banned till 30 November. This, however, does not to apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA.

India has been operating international flights under the Vande Bharat programme and specific 'air bubble' or bilateral arrangements with nations.

24/11/21 Poulomi Saha/India Today

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