New Delhi: Amid ongoing speculations over resumption of international flight operations, Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola on Saturday said that the government may consider restoring services on a case to case basis. Notably, India resumed domestic flight services from May 25, after a gap of two months amid the coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - Lockdown Extension in Tamil Nadu: CM Palaniswami Reimposes Lockdown in Madurai, Civic Bodies Paravai And Thiruparankundram Till July 12

“If international operations have to start, both ends have to be ready and there has to be traffic. There is a significant amount of traffic between India and North American continent. We may think of opening flights on a case-to-case basis,” Kharola stated today. Also Read - Kolkata Airport: No Flights From Six COVID Hotspots to Kolkata Between July 6-19

On the other hand, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri asserted that the exact time for resuming international flights depends on other countries to be open to receive flights. Also Read - Another Indian Expat Falls Asleep in The Same Terminal at Dubai, Misses Flight to Kerala

“Any suggestion that international traffic has opened up and we are the only one not to open up needs reality check. The exact time when we will resume international flights depends on the other countries to be open to receive flights, news agency ANI quoted the minister as saying

He added,”In absence of a decision on resumption of international civil aviation which will depend on other countries opening up, we are left with no option but to continue what I call evacuation and repatriation flights under managed & controlled conditions.”