Domestic Flights After May 31: Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that the resumption of the domestic airlines is not a decision that the ministry of the Centre can take alone. The state governments, too, have to give their approval. Now that lockdown 4.0 has been imposed till May 31 and no domestic flights will be allowed until then, then, the aviation minister has cleared the air as to why there were speculations over the resumption of the domestic services. Also Read - Unlock 1 in Goa: Despite Chief Minister's Nod, Mosques to Remain Shut Till June 30
“As far as the Ministry of Civil Aviation is concerned and as far as all the stakeholders in the civil aviation ecosystem including Airports Authority of India, (AAI), airports in different cities, air carriers, are concerned, we have been ready to resume domestic civil aviation now for the last one week or so,” the minister said taking part in a webinar. Also Read - Oxford Journal Adds 'Lessons From Bhagwad Gita' to Its Paper on 'COVID-19 And Healthcare Workers', Relates With Religious Text
“We are absolutely ready and we could start domestic civil aviation at any time with a little bit of notice. Obviously, if we get the green signal today, it will take two or three days for the airlines to open bookings and for us to calibrate the number of flights we can start with,” he added. Also Read - Transparent Partitions, Physical Distancing: How Restaurants Are Gearing up to Open Their Shutters From Monday
The ministry also tweeted saying, it is not up to the Ministry of Civil Aviation or the Centre alone to decide on resuming domestic flights. In the spirit of cooperative federalism, the government of states where these flights will take off and land should be ready to allow civil aviation operations.
It has been learnt that many states were not in favour of resuming the domestic operations in the fourth phase as the numbers of coronavirus cases are still on the rise. Several states are refusing to allow trains carrying migrants as well. The Centre has mandated that for rail services, the approval of the destination states is not required.