India to reopen International Air travel by December end

India to reopen International Air travel by December end
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International flights are likely to return to normal by the end of this year, Rajiv Bansal, Aviation Ministry Secretary, was quoted by PTI.

All the international flights barring those on repatriation missions and carrying essential goods were grounded in March 2020 due to Covid.

Now as the number of cases goes down, restrictions are also easing gradually.

Before the lifting of restrictions, the air bubble arrangements have been in place. Currently, India has 25 such deals.

An air bubble arrangement serves the purpose of travelling while taking into consideration the terms and conditions.

Last week also, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia had said that the government was evaluating the process of normalising international flight operations.

The government is keen for international flights to return back to normal.

But it would also take measures to guard against a resurgence of coronavirus infections worldwide.

This comes as several major European nations are witnessing another big surge in coronavirus cases.

On the other hand, domestic flights are allowed at full capacity now.

Now the government is preparing for re-opening international passenger air travel. Granting of tourist visas was also suspended in the wake of coronavirus.

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