Srinagar: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued a circular on Friday extending the suspension on scheduled commercial international flight operations to and from India till July 15. The restriction, however, will not be applied on all-cargo flights and other flights specially approved services by the DGCA.
“The competent authority has decided that scheduled international commercial passenger service to/from India shall remain suspended till 2359 hrs IST of 15th July 2020,” it said. On June 20, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that re-commencement of international flight services will depend on factors like ‘border acceptance’ norms in the arriving country and the traffic demand. That time, he hinted at the prospects of bilateral bubble arrangements, which will allow some international operations between countries.
At present, healthy demand for evacuation flights have been witnessed in the North America-India sector. Passenger air services were suspended on March 25 due to the nationwide lockdown to check the spread of Covid-19, although domestic air services has resumed in a phased manner. Subsequently, domestic flight services resumed from May 25. At present, airlines are only allowed to deploy 33 per cent of their total capacity.
Earlier in the day on Friday, Puri tweeted that in one month since recommencement of calibrated domestic civil aviation operations in the country “our skies & airports have been busy”. Around 18,92,581 passengers have flown so far on 21,316 flights across the country, he said.
Meanwhile, Pakistan has partially resumed international flights y to bring back more citizens stranded in other countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic, over three months after they were suspended as part of the countrys efforts to stem the spread of the virus.
The country had closed its airspace for international flights on March 21 for two weeks and then extended the suspension several times as the COVID-19 situation grew worse in the country, reports The Express Tribune. On Sunday, the government has reopened 25 per cent of the country’s airspace so that the citizens stuck abroad could return. Prime Minister Imran Khan has vowed that the government would take every possible measure to facilitate the citizens returning to the country after losing their overseas employment because of the coronavirus pandemic. “Overseas workers have suffered the most in this pandemic but have shown great courage and made us proud,” he tweeted on Sunday. (IANS)