As of June 30, 2020, India is gearing up for a “phased reopening” of activities under Unlock 2.0 despite a steep increase in COVID-19 cases. However, there were speculations on the fate of commercial International flight operations. To clear out any confusion, the DGCA issued a circular detailing fresh guideline.
This circular by the Director-General of Civil Aviation comes after a three-month-long government-imposed hiatus from March 22, 2020.
DGCA issues circular on International flights
In the circular, DGCA mentioned that after much deliberation on the concerned topic, concerned authorities decided to extend the suspension of scheduled International commercial passenger services till 23:59 hrs IST of July 15, 2020.
Although, the current restrictions will not apply to international cargo operations and flights that are a part of the Vande Bharat Mission. This mission allowed Air India and other private domestic airlines to rescue stranded Indians in different countries.
According to reports, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, stated that the Centre would decide after other countries relax restrictions on International passengers and allow inbound flights.
India resumes domestic aviation operations
On the domestic front, aviation operations were initially suspended from March 24 due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 5,00,000 people. Although, the government allowed domestic flight operations to resume from May 25 with certain guidelines to ensure the safety of travelers and curb this public health crisis.
Curated by Ruchit Rastogi