International passenger flights to resume operations in a phased manner during Unlock 2.0, says government

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The international passenger flight operations in the country will resume in a phased manner during ‘Unlock 2.0’, the ministry of home affairs said in a statement on Monday.

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, India had suspended all the domestic as well as international flight operations in the last week of March. While the domestic flights have started operations in limited routes after a gap of two months, the international flight services remain suspended.

Last week, India’s aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had said international scheduled flights will continue to remain suspended till July 15. However, the DGCA in its order had mentioned “international scheduled flights may be allowed on selected routes on a case-to-case basis.

Although, during the lockdown, the national carrier Air India operated repatriation flights to bring back the stranded Indians across the world. The Vande Bharat mission began on May 6. In the thirty-six days of the Vande Bharat Mission, around 747 international flights were scheduled for operation from over 50 countries across 5 continents. In which many Indians have returned from different countries, the civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said.