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.

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