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India Will Try To Start International Flights By Mid-June: Hardeep Singh Puri

The central government in an important decision this week, decided to open the domestic airspace by allowing inter-state flights from 25 May. 

After opening the domestic airspace for inter-state flights from 25 May, the central government is trying to resume international flights by mid-June, June end or July, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri informed. While talking to reporters, Puri said that India is looking to start a good percentage of international flights before August, if not the entire civil aviation.

Responding to a question about resuming international flights, Puri said, “My answer to that question is why August or September? Let us at least in this interaction say that we must have a more ambitious goal. Why not start by June-mid, June-end or July.”

“The date that is being referred to in this question of August-September, we will strive to start a good percentage of international flights, if not the entire civil aviation, way before August-September,” Puri further added.

The civil aviation minister also said, “I’m an optimist. Why wait till August or September? If the situation eases or improves, by that I mean if the virus behaves in a predictable manner, and we get used to the idea of being able to coexist with the virus and we’re in a position to make arrangements. So far Vande Bharat has moved very well. I’m confident  that domestic flights when they start on Monday (May 25) will also proceed well.”

The central government in an important decision this week, decided to open the domestic airspace by allowing inter-state flights from 25 May, two months after the air services were shut down due to the nation-wide lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Puri had said, ”There’s no contradiction between domestic flights beginning from May 25 and lockdown in India being imposed till May 31.”

The aviation minister also informed that the centre is trying to bring back its citizens from Sri Lanka either by ship or a flight and the discussion is in advance stage. Puri also tried to pitch in the “Aarogya Setu app for everyone” saying ”it’s an excellent contact-tracing device”.

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