Union Department of Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri said the future of air travel within Travel Bubble is expected to last through March to April next year. When asked about international travel, the minister replied: “It is difficult to say as there is no country that has fully opened its borders to everyone. This depends on the availability of a vaccine as countries feel safer once a vaccine is in place. “
Travel bubbles are special agreements between countries that allow airlines to carry passengers between two agreed destinations. As of now, India has a travel bubble agreement to 15 countries and regular international passenger flights have been suspended until October 31st. The minister also mentioned that they will likely last through March to April. “There are basically three points to consider before regular international flights are resumed. First, the resumption of domestic connectivity connecting larger cities to smaller cities, which we have already done. Second is the type of virus that I cannot comment on and third is international restrictions. Every country wants its people to return, but there are many restrictions for others, ”said Hardeep Singh Puri
On the other hand, domestic airlines will continue to operate at 75% capacity. However, at the moment, airlines are operating at 65% capacity after domestic airlines have been approved during the unlock phase. . “There is no deadline. However, this can happen soon if the domestic numbers increase. Before that, I said that the predetermined domestic number would be reached between Diwali and New Year. Now I am confident that in the first quarter of next year we can exceed the pre-determined number, ”said the minister.
Pradeep Singh Kharola, Civil Aviation Secretary, said: “This is the start of the second phase of domestic travel as we are now facing the challenge of welcoming more people to the airports as the festive season is almost upon us. We recently had a meeting with the airlines on this matter. ”
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