India’s aviation minister says to try to resume int’l flights before August

Xinhua News Agency | May 23, 2020 at 11:35 AM

NEW DELHI, May 23 (Xinhua) -- India's federal aviation minister Hardeep Puri Saturday said the country would try to resume international passenger flights before August.

"We will try to start good percentage of international passenger flights before August," Puri said during a session on facebook.

The domestic flights in India are going to be resumed from May 25 in a "calibrated manner."

The federal ministry of civil aviation Thursday issued new rules for people intending to avail domestic flight services.

The guidelines include mandatory thermal screening before entering airport terminals, use of face masks for the entire journey and downloading Aarogya Setu app on mobile phones, before commencing their journey.

Aarogya Setu is an Indian COVID-19 tracking mobile application developed by government of India.

On Friday Tamil Nadu government amid a spurt in the number of cases appealed to the federal government to rethink its decision on resumption of flights.

India is currently under a lockdown announced by country's Prime Minister Narendra Modi to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presently, a ban is in force on domestic and international flight operations. However, international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by Directorate General of Civil Aviation are exempted from the restrictions.