Indian government declares, International flights to remain suspended until July 15
- While the domestic flights resumed on May 25th,
- commercial international flights to and from India will remain suspended till July 15.
- The commercial International flights to and from India will remain suspended till the 15th of July, as per the orders of Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
- The restriction, however, will not be applicable to international cargo operations and other flights that are specifically approved by the aviation regulator.
- The passenger flights were suspended when the country declared a total lockdown late in the month of March in order to curb the spread of the contagion. Domestic flights, however, resumed on the 25th of May.
The circular by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)
- The circular by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA)stated “Scheduled international commercial passenger services to or from India shall remain suspended till 2359 hrs IST of July 15, 2020..
- However, international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes by the competent authority on a case to case basis”
- The Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said last week that India will take a decision on the resuming of the international flights in July, provided the coronavirus behaves in a “predictable manner”.
- He also said that any decision in this regard can only be taken in the coming months, or maybe earlier,
- If the domestic air traffic reaches 50-55 per cent of the pre-COVID-19 capacity and when the states would be in a position to allow the higher number of passengers coming in.
Air India and other private domestic airlines have been operating in an unscheduled manner under the Vande Bharat Mission, that started on the 6th of May by the Central Government, in an attempt to bring back the NRIs who wanted to return to their home state.