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'Decision on resuming int'l flights possibly by year-end'

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NEW DELHI: India will soon decide on resuming scheduled international flights, that remain suspended since last March.
While there are chances the same may happen before end of this year, the worsening Covid situation in Europe has forced the Centre to rethink on the issue.
“I am working on the issue of resumption of scheduled international flights with other Union ministries like home and health. There is no definite decision as of now due to the resurgence of Covid in some countries. The inter-ministerial discussions on the issue will hopefully arrive at a decision shortly,” Union aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia told TOI on Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, aviation secretary Rajiv Bansal told reporters that international flight services would normalise “very soon”, possibly by the end of this year.
“This is still work in progress,” he told TOI.
Clearly the government wants to weigh in the Covid situation very carefully before deciding on resumption of scheduled international flights that were suspended in March 2020.
Since last summer international flights operate under air bubbles that India has created with 31 countries. But the limited capacity has led to exorbitant international fares.
On peak travel days now, one-way ticket often costs more than pre-pandemic return fares. International fares for this Christmas-New Year are extremely high.
The tourism industry has been requesting the government to open international flights to countries where Covid is in control and which mutually accept and recognise Indian vaccines and certification.

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