Aviation minister, Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday said that while India is getting back to normal, as after the low down in coronavirus cases govt plans to resume regular international flights soon.

Scindia said that the resurgence of covid-19 in Europe could mean a long wait for international flights to open.

He said the government was "evaluating the process" to normalize international flight operations.

Scindia urged people to "erase our short-term memories so quickly" at a CII event. India saw the deadly second wave of the virus this summer, "Let me commit to you that we are evaluating that process. However, keep in mind what’s happening in the world, including in Russia, parts of Europe, they are going through a fourth wave that too despite the vaccines,"

The government can now weigh the coronavirus situation before taking a decision on the scheduled international flights that were suspended in March 2020.

Since last summer, international flights have been operating under an air bubble. So far India has signed air bubble agreements with a total of 30 countries.

However, the limited capacity has led to a steep increase in international fares. On busy travel days, one-way tickets now often cost more than return fares before the pandemic.

The aviation ministry said it was ready to bubble with more countries as well as allow more flights under the current bubble.


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