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Decision on International flights will be taken soon after countries ease travel restrictions : Hardeep Singh Puri

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Sunday said India will take a decision on resuming international flight operations as soon as countries ease restrictions on entry of foreign nationals and when the destination countries are ready to allow incoming flights.

In a series of tweets, Puri said, “Due to increasing demand for resumption of scheduled international flights by people who want to travel abroad due to compelling reasons, I reviewed the state of international flight operations around the world.  Globally the situation is far from normal.”

The Civil Aviation minister also added that most countries have less than 10 per cent international operations because they are allowing entry only to their own citizens & have placed restrictions on foreign nationals. Many are allowing inbound flights from few countries but have also placed restrictions of quarantine/isolation.

“We have let outbound passengers on VBM (Vande Bharat Mission) flights to fly to countries which allow them entry. More than 13,500 people have flown out of India. 

@airindiain has sold another 22,000 tickets for flights to US & Canada yesterday (5-6 June).Bookings for Europe & other places will open soon,” he tweeted. 

Puri also added that, potentially these many eligible people will return to India as well. “We are adding more flights to VBM. Another 100,000 passengers flew out of India & around 38,000 inbound Indian citizens returned on around 640 chartered flights. More such flights are being given permissions.”

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