Expect bulk of Air Traffic will be back by Diwali: Hardeep Singh Puri

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Tuesday said that the bulk of pre-COVID-19 domestic air passenger traffic is likely to be back by Diwali this year.

Giving further details, Puri said that the Center has plans to permit more departures from Mumbai and Kolkata. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, these two air terminals are having confined tasks for past many months.

Operations are currently limited to 100 flights per day at Mumbai airport. Flights to Kolkata from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Nagpur, and Ahmedabad have been restricted until August 31.

The Civil Aviation Minister said that the quantity of domestic travelers was 98,800 on August 23 and more than 33 percent of pre-Coronavirus figures have been accomplished. He additionally included that the quantity of domestic travelers has been expanding at the pace of 5,000 every week.

Discussing plans to work more flights, Puri said that post Ganesh Chaturthi, the Center is wanting to open up Mumbai air terminal more. On the opposite side, the Kolkata and Bengaluru air terminals will likewise be worked with 50 percent mark.

International flights, Puri said, will depend on the behaviour of the virus. “I cannot anticipate whether countries will allow people from India in, but we have gone ahead and made the best out of a very difficult situation, navigated through turbulence, and today we have air bubbles with the US, Canada, the UK, France, Germany. I have announced 13 more,” he said.

Under a bilateral air bubble pact, airlines of both the countries can operate international flights with certain restrictions.

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