In the wake of rising COVID-19 cases, India’s civil aviation body announced the suspension of international flight operations till July 31, 2020.
However, a few flights may be operated on select routes on the
case-by-case basis, the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) informed.
India has initially suspended all domestic and international flight operations in the last week of March 2020.
After two months gap, the domestic flight operations resumed in May 2020, and have so far transported 2 million passengers.
However, the international flight operations will be allowed in a phase-wise manner, the Ministry of Home Affairs informed.
“International air travel of passengers has been permitted in a limited manner under the Vande Bharat mission. Further opening-up will take place in a calibrated manner,” the Central Government said in a statement.
According to the Ministry of External Affairs, 4.75 lakh out of the total 5.83 lakh Indians who registered with overseas missions were evacuated under the ‘Vande Bharat’ repatriation mission.
The mission’s fourth phase has begun yesterday, and 500 flights will be operated in this phase.
However, this phase will also have the participation of private flights along with state-owned Air India.
“IndiGo will operate 238 flights from Qatar & 219 flights from Kuwait, while GoAir will operate 41 flights from Kuwait. Number of private carriers, flights & destinations likely to increase,” says the Civil Aviation Ministry.
Air India alone will send 114 flights to 17 countries, including Canada, the US, UK, Singapore, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Thailand, South Africa, Russia, and Australia.