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Will try to restart international flights before August: Puri

Domestic service to resume at Mangaluru from Monday

By PTI in New Delhi
  • Published 23.05.20, 2:48 PM
  • Updated 23.05.20, 3:04 PM
  • a min read
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Hardeep Singh Puri PTI file picture

India will try to restart a good percentage of international passenger flights before August, civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Saturday, three days after announcing resumption of domestic flights from May 25.

All scheduled commercial passenger flights have been suspended in India since March 25 when the Modi government imposed a lockdown to contain the novel cornavirus pandemic.

"I am fully hopeful that before August or September, we will try to start a good percentage of international civil aviation operations, if not complete international operations," Puri said during a Facebook live session.

"I can't put a date on it (restarting international flights). But if somebody says can it be done by August or September, my response is why not earlier depending on what is the situation," he said.

Flight service to resume at Mangaluru from Monday

Domestic flight services will resume from Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) from May 25 as per the instructions of Union civil aviation ministry.

Six Indigo and SpiceJet flights will be operated from Mangaluru to Bengaluru, Mumbai and Chennai.

Air-India is yet to finalise its schedule, airport sources said.

Three Indigo flights will depart from Mangaluru to Bengaluru, Mumbai and Chennai and three flights of SpiceJet will leave for Bengaluru and Mumbai on May 25.

SpiceJet flight will take off from Bengaluru to Mangaluru at 8.30 am and 7 pm while Indigo will take off from Mangaluru to Bengaluru at 5.55 pm.

SpiceJet flight will take off from Mangaluru at 10.20 am and 9.35 pm while Indigo will depart at 7.30 pm.

From Mumbai, Spice Jet flight will take off at 7.05 am and Indigo at 9.30 am.

The Mangaluru-Mumbai SpiceJet flight will take off at 9.05 am and Indigo at 11.40 am.

Indigo flight will depart from Chennai to Mangaluru at 5.45 pm and from Mangaluru to Chennai at 8.05 am.