International flight operations likely from July

Even as there exists confusion over starting of flight operations from Mumbai, international operations from India are likely to commence from July depending upon the circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 outbreak, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Saturday. The government has decided to start domestic flight services from Monday.

Answering a question, the minister said: “If the situation eases and improves, by that I mean if the virus behaves in a predictable manner, we get used to the idea of being able to coexist with the virus and we are in a position to make arrangements.”

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Talking about the Vande Bharat Mission, the minister said the initiative has been successful so far. He added, “The ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ has moved very well and I am confident that when domestic flights start, they will also proceed very well… So why not start (international flights) by June middle or June end or July.”

On Thursday, the Centre had said that the domestic passenger flight services will recommence from May 25.

However, unlike domestic travel, various other formalities such as visa and foreign entry rules apply on the international segment of air travel.


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