Several elements like the lockdown in metro cities and the ban imposed by varied international locations on the entry of foreigners need to be addressed before resuming international passenger flights in India, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri mentioned on Monday.

Domestic companies have been suspended in India due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown and resumed after a niche of two months on May 25. Scheduled international passenger flights proceed to stay suspended in the nation.

“Numerous citizens have been approaching us to restart international flights. Several factors need to be addressed. Many international destinations are not allowing incoming passenger traffic, except for their own citizens or diplomats,” Puri mentioned on Twitter.

Within India, most international flights function from the metro cities the place travellers arrive from the neighbouring cities and states, he mentioned.

“Our metro cities were under various degrees of lockdown which are beginning to be lifted. Some of them are still allowing only limited flights to operate,” the minister famous.

Airports in West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana and Tamil Nadu have been allowed to deal with a restricted variety of day by day flights as these states don’t need an enormous inflow of flyers amid the rising variety of COVID-19 circumstances.

The minister mentioned: “MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) guidelines for lockdown 5.0 have further opened up inter & intra-state travel, and will facilitate calibrated reopening of the sector. As we move towards the critical mass of 50-60% operation of domestic flights, our ability to resume international operations will also improve.”

Indian carriers operated a complete of three,370 home passenger flights until May 31 — 428 on May 25, 445 on May 26, 460 on May 27, 494 on May 28, 513 on May 29 and 529 on May 30.

During the pre-lockdown interval, Indian airports dealt with round 3,000 day by day home flights, aviation business sources mentioned.

In February, round 4.12 lakh passengers travelled day by day via home flights in India, in accordance to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) knowledge.

A letter from the Editor


Dear Readers,

The coronavirus disaster has modified the world utterly in the previous couple of months. All of us have been locked into our houses, financial exercise has come to a close to standstill. Everyone has been impacted.

Including your favorite enterprise and monetary newspaper. Our printing and distribution chains have been severely disrupted throughout the nation, leaving readers with out entry to newspapers. Newspaper supply brokers have additionally been unable to service their prospects due to a number of restrictions.

In these troublesome occasions, we, at BusinessLine have been working repeatedly every single day so that you’re knowledgeable about all of the developments – whether or not on the pandemic, on coverage responses, or the impression on the world of enterprise and finance. Our staff has been working around the clock to maintain monitor of developments so that you just – the reader – will get correct info and actionable insights so as to defend your jobs, companies, funds and investments.

We are attempting our greatest to make sure the newspaper reaches your arms every single day. We have additionally ensured that even when your paper will not be delivered, you’ll be able to entry BusinessLine in the e-paper format – simply because it seems in print. Our web site and apps too, are up to date each minute, so as to entry the data you need anyplace, anytime.

But all this comes at a heavy value. As you might be conscious, the lockdowns have worn out virtually all our complete income stream. Sustaining our high quality journalism has change into extraordinarily difficult. That now we have managed thus far is thanks to your assist. I thank all our subscribers – print and digital – on your assist.

I enchantment to all or readers to assist us navigate these difficult occasions and assist maintain one of many really impartial and credible voices in the world of Indian journalism. Doing so is straightforward. You may help us enormously just by subscribing to our digital or e-paper editions. We supply a number of reasonably priced subscription plans for our web site, which incorporates Portfolio, our funding advisory part that provides wealthy funding recommendation from our extremely certified, in-house Research Bureau, the one such staff in the Indian newspaper business.

A bit of assist from you may make an enormous distinction to the reason for high quality journalism!

Support Quality Journalism