International commercial flights to remain suspended until Jul 15 - DGCA


Daijiworld Media Network - New Delhi (SHP)

New Delhi, Jun 26: The government in a circular released on Friday stated that the commercial international flights to and from India would remain suspended until July 15.

The order by the Director General of Civil Aviation in New Delhi said that the 'scheduled international commercial passenger services to/from India shall remain suspended till 23:59 hours IST of 15th July 2020.'

However, the circular clarified that the restriction would not be applicable to international cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the aviation regulator.

Further, the official release also went ahead and announced that some of the international scheduled flights which operate on 'selected routes' may be allowed by the competent authorities on a case to case basis.

The repatriation process of the Vande Bharat Mission is currently in the third phase. It is considered to be one of the largest citizen repatriation programmes undertaken by any government to evacuate its citizens stranded in different countries following the suspension of international commercial airline operations due to coronavirus pandemic.

The regular international commercial flight operation was suspended on March 22 by the Indian government immediately before the first phase of nationwide lockdown was imposed as a precautionary measure to fight the spread of coronavirus.

On June 20, the civil aviation minister had said that the resumption of international flights depended on other countries receiving flights. However, he had expressed hope that the domestic flights will be restored to their full capacity by the end of the year.

Explaining the problem, the minister said that many countries had put conditions on the entry of people in their jurisdictions including restrictions on the entry of foreign nationals and this had left India with little option but to keep the flights suspended. Defending the decision, he provided examples of countries like the UK, France, China, UAE and Singapore.

India has managed to move a total of 182,313 passengers till June 24 under the Vande Bharat Mission, which commenced its operation on June 11, according to the latest data released by the ministry on Thursday. Air India group has operated a total of 1,414 flights till Thursday.

The government is also looking to explore the possibility of establishing bilateral arrangements with countries to allow their carriers to operate flights from India.

 

  

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    Dear Jossey,
    we dnt want fresh trouble from Mumbai too....

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    get treated

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  • Mohammed Azaruddin Moodbidri, Doha- Qatar

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    Kerala govt has proved that they are capable in anything... and everywhere more flights to Kerala only and when people are in trouble in gulf countries our govt only speak about cow .. and communal activity in-spite of bringing back of stranded citizens ...its just that they cannot say them self as failure to help their citizen

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  • Santan Mascarenhas, Kinnigoli/Bangalore

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    Presently, each country allows their own citizens to come to their country and most of the people have gone to their countries, except India, where 90% of the people are in status quo. Going back to work, I heard some countries in Gulf allow people who have visa to travel to their county. But, many countries, do not allow to return anyone other than citizens. I know a case in Bangalore, where an Indian origin Canadian citizen registered in Canadian Consulate, Bangalore was getting everyday e-mail how to travel to Canada from Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi and Amritsar, and she went to Canada, via Mumbai- Frankfurt-Toronto. Indian embassies are useless. Another type of Indians in America, whose children, born in America have their children American citizenship. Those Indians can travel to India, since they are Indians. But their children and even babies cannot come because they are Americans.

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  • Rolvin Castalino, Udupi

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    When is Mangalore airport getting to full capacity for domestic travel...right now only travel option is Bengaluru

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  • SAMEER, MANGALORE/DUBAI

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    I WISH GOVERNMENT CARED A BIT MORE ABOUT THEIR CITIZENS STUCK IN GULF COUNTRIES. IVE LOST MY JOB, THANK GOD I HAVE SOME SAVINGS LEFT. I HAVE SEEN SOME PEOPLE HERE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR JOB AND HAVE NOTHING LEFT. ITS REALLY HARD FOR MOST OF THE EXPATRIOTS STUCK HERE. VERY HARD TO SURVIVE...

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  • Sapna, DUBAI/Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    Its being 2 weeks my mom was hospitalized due to lungs fluids was filled and we are in this pandemic situation that we are unable to travel. And my dad cancelled his visa and waiting just to get a call from consulate or any charity who can help to travel back Mangalore. We have registered with so many agents but no chance until Mangalore government and people think of something better for us.

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  • PINTO, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    @Jossey Saldanha your attitude towards people working in the Gulf is disgusting. We belong to India only and each and every right to return back to our beloved country

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    PINTO, Mangalore
    Please look at the statistics of people coming to Manalore with Covid-19 ...

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  • Kiran, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    Government must be sensitive and sympathetic to the one who are stranded in India and their immediate family members are waiting for the return since March .
    There is a risk of loosing livelihood if not returned .Can this message be passed dot the Government /ministry of civil aviation .

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  • Sunita, Fujairah /Kinnigoly

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    Government should consider the people who stuck in India who came down for various reason. It’s almost 4 months. Some are not receiving the salary and paying the house rent in UAE. If they are not allowing people to travel then government should pay some compensation to all to survive. NRI children studying in India are also facing problem since college is closed. Due to this PG’s are also closed. Parents are in UAE and can not travel to do the arrangements. Children will go under depression and who will be responsible for this. UAE government is given the approval to travel those who are holding the valid residence visa.

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  • Manoj, Mangalore/sharjah

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    Our Govt. Doesn't care all above. Repatriation is just a drama for international pressure. "Bhaiyon aur baheno"

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  • Anonymous, Dubai/Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    Its been a year i haven't seen my parents. Staying alone here is indeed very depressing , but considering the situation now it doesnt look good. However dubai has sucessfully controlled the virus and i hope they consider special allowances for people having uae residency visas, so that we are able to travel

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  • What to say, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    I hope they refund the ticket fare in full without any deductions. It is unfair to deduct taxes for not utilizing the service.

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  • arun, dubai

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    vote modi out..only talking.. no work.
    bjp in mangalore dint care for its people in gulf

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  • M Shetty, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    Its for sure by suspending international flights the cases in India will not reduce certainly India is losing its revenue This is one kind of punishing private airlines and the travellers

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  • Wilson, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    Gov is busy minting money through AI VBM. They will not stop milking the profitable cow....!!!

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  • S Kumar, Dubai, UAE

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    No point of registering with indian embassy. I think only people with connection will get a chance to fly off. Lot of people are looking for repatriation. Why can't they increase more repatriation flights?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    Let's not invite fresh trouble ...

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  • PINTO, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    Why are u obsessed with NRI's ??

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    PINTO, Mangalore
    I'm worried about my Indians ...

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    Dear Jossey,
    come from Mumbai.

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    bega

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    RI

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    i feel u r ..........

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  • Anonymous, Dubai

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    And nri's are indians not residing in india. They're nationality status doesnt change if they leave india . Understand their pain too .

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  • S Kumar, Dubai, UAE

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    Sir, if you or your family is stuck in gulf, still you will comment like this?

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    dear jossey, it apply to you as well,

    why u r coming from Mumbai to mangalore?

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  • Krishna, Udupi

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    avule

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  • Anonymous, Dubai

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    Nri- Non 'resident ' indian

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  • Anonymous, Dubai

    Sat, Jun 27 2020

    There are so many people in the gulf who lost their jobs and are stuck there with no savings. The blame game never works, mutual cooperation is the only thing that can get us through this tough times.

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  • Manoj, Mangalore/sharjah

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    The way our Govt. behaving with NRIs truly rediculous. Only Kerala proved themself internationally towards their people in this pandamic situation.

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Fri, Jun 26 2020

    Manoj, Mangalore/Sharjah, I have no words to express on your comments.

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