In­ter­na­ti­o­nal com­mer­ci­al flights In­dia to remain sus­pen­ded till Ju­ly 15

Times of Suriname - - KINDERPAGI­NA -

IN­DIA ­ Com­mer­ci­al in­ter­na­ti­o­nal flights to and from In­dia will con­ti­nue to remain sus­pen­ded till Ju­ly 15, ac­cor­ding to a govern­ment re­lea­se is­sued on Friday. A cir­cu­lar re­lea­sed by the Di­rec­tor Ge­ne­ral of Ci­vil Avi­a­ti­on in New Del­hi said that “sche­du­led In­ter­na­ti­o­nal com­mer­ci­al pas­sen­ger ser­vi­ces to/ from In­dia shall remain sus­pen­ded till 23:59 hours IST of 15th Ju­ly,2020.”

It spe­ci­fied that this re­stric­ti­on will not ap­ply to in­ter­na­ti­o­nal car­go ope­ra­ti­ons and flights spe­ci­fi­cally ap­pro­ved by the avi­a­ti­on re­gu­la­tor. The of­fi­ci­al re­lea­se goes on to say that so­me in­ter­na­ti­o­nal sche­du­led flights on “se­lec­ted rou­tes” may be al­lo­wed by the com­pe­tent au­tho­ri­ties on a ca­se to ca­se ba­sis.

The govern­ment is cur­rent­ly run­ning the third pha­se of Van­de Bha­rat Mis­si­on­ one of the lar­gest ci­ti­zen re­pa­tri­a­ti­on pro­gram­mes un­der­ta­ken by any govern­ment to eva­cu­a­te pe­o­p­le strand­ed in dif­fe­rent coun­tries af­ter sus­pen­si­on of in­ter­na­ti­o­nal com­mer­ci­al air­li­ne ope­ra­ti­ons due to co­ro­na­vi­rus pan­de­mic out­break. The re­gu­lar in­ter­na­ti­o­nal com­mer­ci­al flight ope­ra­ti­on was sus­pen­ded on March 22 by the In­di­an govern­ment im­me­di­a­te­ly be­fo­re the im­po­si­ti­on of the first pha­se of com­ple­te lock­down to fight the spread of co­ro­na­vi­rus di­sea­se.

On Ju­ne 20, the ci­vil avi­a­ti­on mi­nis­ter had said that the re­sump­ti­on of in­ter­na­ti­o­nal flights de­pen­ded on other coun­tries being open to re­cei­ving flights. Ho­we­ver, he had ex­pres­sed ho­pe that the do­mestic flights will be res­to­red to their full ca­pa­ci­ty by the year end. Ex­plai­ning the pro­blem, the mi­nis­ter had ex­plai­ned that ma­ny coun­tries had put con­di­ti­ons on en­try of pe­o­p­le in their ju­ris­dic­ti­ons in­clu­ding re­stric­ti­ons on en­try of fo­reign na­ti­o­nals and this had left In­dia with litt­le op­ti­on but to keep the flights sus­pen­ded. He ga­ve examples of the US, the UK, Fran­ce, Chi­na, UAE and Singapo­re to sta­te his point.

On­ly a few flights on se­lec­ted rou­tes are being ope­ra­ted, says govern­ment.(Photo:Hin­du­sta­ni Ti­mes)

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