Domestic flight services to resume operations from 25th May

There was no clarity given on when the international travel will restart

Domestic flights, Civil Aviation Ministry, Hardeep Singh Puri, Coronavirus, Resumption of domestic travel, Travel news, Aviation news

After two months of being grounded owing to coronavirus outbreak, the airlines and airports have finally got the government’s nod to resume domestic operations. Union Minister for Civil Aviation Hardeep Puri took to twitter to announce about the resumption of domestic flight services from May 25th.

However, there was no clarity given on when the international travel will restart.

"Domestic civil aviation operations will recommence in a calibrated manner from Monday 25th May 2020. All airports and air carriers are being informed to be ready for operations from 25th May," tweeted Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri.

SOPs for passenger movement are also being separately issued by the ministry, he said. The government, as well as airlines, have talked about a "new normal" when flights start again, with fewer passengers in a flight, mandatory masks and the middle seat left vacant for physical distancing.

On May19th, Puri had tweeted that it is not upto Centre alone to decide on when domestic flights could restart.

"In the spirit of cooperative federalism, the government of states where these flights will take off and land should be ready to allow civil aviation operations," Hardeep Puri had tweeted.

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