In yet another step towards gradual normalisation and eventual exit form Lockdown, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has announced that domestic passenger flight services will resume from May 25 in a calibrated manner.
The minister, however, did not say as to when international passenger flights would resume.
All scheduled commercial passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 25, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
“Domestic civil aviation operations will recommence in a calibrated manner from Monday, May 25, 2020. All airports and air carriers are being informed to be ready for operations from 25th May,” Puri said on Twitter.
Domestic civil aviation operations will recommence in a calibrated manner from Monday 25th May 2020.
All airports & air carriers are being informed to be ready for operations from 25th May.
SOPs for passenger movement are also being separately issued by @MoCA_GoI.
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) May 20, 2020
“SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) for passenger movement are also being separately issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation,” he added.
Puri had earlier said the Centre alone cannot take a decision on resuming passenger flights and the state governments should be ready to allow these services in the spirit of cooperative federalism.