Union Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Saturday, 23 May, that they will "try to start (a) good percentage of international passenger flights before August", days after he announced that domestic flight operations will recommence in a calibrated manner from 25 May.
"We will try to start (a) good percentage of international passenger flights before August... There's no contradiction between domestic flights beginning from 25 May and lockdown in India being imposed till 31 May," he was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
The minister was answering questions during a Facebook live session on civil aviation operations on Saturday.
While calling the Aarogya Setu application an "excellent contact-tracing device", Puri said he doesn't understand the need for quarantining a passenger who has a green status on the application.
On the Vande Bharat Mission, he claimed that the government will have been able to bring back around 50,000 citizens through the special flights in the first 25 days of the mission, PTI further reported.
On 20 May, the Civil Aviation Minister tweeted saying that domestic civil aviation operations will recommence in a calibrated manner from 25 May.
Domestic civil aviation operations will recommence in a calibrated manner from Monday 25th May 2020.— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) May 20, 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.
The resumption of domestic operations comes almost two months after planes were grounded due to the nationwide lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus. Under the fourth phase of the lockdown, which will continue till 31 May, significant relaxations have been granted to various sectors to ease the blow on the economy.
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