New Delhi: The Narendra Modi-led government is mulling to resume domestic flight services in the country. Union Minister of Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri has said that domestic flight operations in India might resume within a week but only after evaluating all factors. Also Read – Kerala Lockdown News: More Restrictions in Thiruvananthapuram, Total Shutdown Across Coastal Districts From July 18, Only Essential Services Allowed
Speaking exclusively to Outlook Magazine, Puri said that if all goes according to plan domestic flight operations can start before May 15. Also Read – Kerala Lockdown News: All Banks in The State to Remain Closed on Saturdays, in Addition to Existing Holidays
“My effort will be to try and move in the direction of starting it very soon. I can’t put a date on it because when you are planning evacuation operations, you need the co-operation of the state governments. In order to open up domestic civil aviation, I need the domestic infrastructure in place,” Puri told the magazine. Also Read – West Bengal Lockdown News: No Flights to Kolkata Till July 31 From These Cities
“Once we start domestic civil aviation, it cannot be called rescue. We are beginning commercial operation, and everyone will be able to travel,” he added.
Meanwhile talking about resuming flights between green zones, Puri asserted that operating between green zones is easy. “But if you look at all the metropolitans, they are in red zone. We can’t leave them totally also. A decision will be taken on this in the next few days”, he told Outlook Magazine.
If reports are to be believed, the ministry will also issue a standard operating procedure (SOP) in this regard soon.
Notably, aviation is among the worst-affected sectors amidst the COVID-19 crisis. In India, all domestic and international commercial passenger flights have been suspended ever since the country imposed lockdown to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.