Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said that the full potential of domestic aviation services can start by the end of the year, so when international flights start will also depend on other countries. The minister said that international flights can start only when other countries accept the planes, till then people can be brought to the country only under the Vande Bharat Mission.
Hardeep Singh Puri said, “We will increase the service of domestic aircraft. Currently, we have allowed only 33 per cent of the aircraft. The aircraft are not flying with full capacity. We will increase more aircraft on those routes where there is more demand. If there is more demand, we are ready to start 40-45% service.
The minister said that domestic private airlines have been offered to operate 750 flights to rescue stranded people in the third and fourth phases of the Vande Bharat Mission. Aviation Secretary P Ek Kharola said that the maximum and minimum fare can be increased after August 24 depending on how the situation.
The minister informed that so far 2 lakh 75 thousand Indians have been brought from abroad. Out of these, 1 lakh 9 thousand people have been brought to the country through Air India. Whereas 1 lakh 43 thousand Indians have come to India by planes from other countries. Thousands of people have also been brought by bus and ships.
The Civil Aviation Minister said that 588 aircraft of Air India, Alliance Air, Indian Airforce and private companies have flown under the Lifeline Udaan scheme. These planes have sent medical equipment and medicines to fight the corona virus in every corner of the country. These aircraft have so far carried 940 tonnes of luggage.