Movement of all commercial passenger flights were suspended in India since March 25 when the Centre imposed a nationwide lockdown
Movement of all commercial passenger flights were suspended in India since March 25 when the Centre imposed a nationwide lockdown|Representational image
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International flights may start by August: Civil aviation minister

Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri says India will try to resume a fair number of international passenger flights before August amid COVID-19 crisis

Team EastMojo

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New Delhi: India will try to resume a fair number of international passenger flights before August, said civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday, just three days after announcing resumption of domestic flights from May 25.

Movement of all commercial passenger flights were suspended in India since March 25 when the Centre imposed a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

"I am fully hopeful that before August or September, we will try to start a good percentage of international civil aviation operations, if not complete international operations," said Puri during a Facebook live session.

"I can't put a date on it (restarting international flights). But if somebody says can it be done by August or September, my response is why not earlier depending on what is the situation," he added.

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