Civil aviation secretary says international flight services will return to normal very soon

New Delhi, 24 November

Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Bansal on Wednesday said international passenger flight services are expected to return to normalcy “very soon” and possibly by the end of this year.

Scheduled international passenger flights to India are suspended since March 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The suspension has been extended till November 30.

Bansal said here that international flights are expected to return to normal “very soon” and by the end of this year.

At present, India has air bubble arrangements with more than 25 countries to operate international flights.

Under an air bubble arrangement between two countries, international passenger flights may be operated by their respective carriers into each other’s territories, subject to certain conditions.

Last week, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said that the government is evaluating the process of normalizing international operations and added that it wants to return to normalcy keeping in mind the coronavirus pandemic situation in some parts of the world.

“I am all for securing my place in the civil aviation sector in the world and making India a hub and more wide-body aircraft. We will get there, but stay with me and believe me, I am on your side. We will do one. Work together but in a safe environment,” he had said. PTI