International flights to remain suspended till July 15
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced on Friday that the international flights coming or going out of India will remain suspended till July 15. However, there has been no suspension of international cargo operations. The flights that are specifically approved by the DGCA will still be able to fly. The passenger flights in India are suspended since March when the lockdown started to contain the spread of coronavirus. The domestic flights have been resumed on May 25, but the international flights are still on a halt.
“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 DGCA said in a circular.
Last week, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had said that the international passenger flights will resume in July only if the deadly COVID-19 behaves in a “predictable manner”. He assured that the entire aviation ecosystem and state governments are on board.
“I am often asked, when can you start international civil aviation? If you leave it to me, and if the ecosystem works, and if we have the predictability in terms of behaviour of the virus, I think in the coming month we should start taking the decision. But those decisions will not be taken by the Indian civil aviation ministry. Those decisions will be taken by the governments after looking at their domestic situation,” Mr Puri said.
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