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Depending on the Omicron situation, Complete reopening of International Flights will be decided.

With Omicron Situation showing no signs of stopping, international travel has further doubt. Union Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia made it clear that global travel will depend on this new variant’s spread.

“Keeping in mind the health, we cannot dissociate ourselves from COVID. We are working closely with the health ministry. When we tide over Omicron, we can look at going back to normalcy even vis-a-vis international travel, but I cannot give you the date today.” Said the minister in an event held recently.

He also mentioned that this matter is not just a decision from him as he needs to consult other ministers, watch the situation of how it unfolds in the coming months, and see the situation happening in India to reopen international travel.

Last month the Directorate General of Civil Aviation had decided to restart commercial international flights to and from India from December 15. However, the decision was put on hold as the Omicron virus surged worldwide and International flights now remain suspended until January 31.

As far as domestic flights are concerned, the highest capacity was close to 4.2 lakh passengers daily, and now it is around 3.7 to 3.95 lakh per day.

“Today, we are running 3.7 to 3.9 lakh passengers per day and on a seat load factor basis of 75-81 percent, which is a very healthy seat load factor. Keeping that in mind, I was looking at opening up international travel, but as you all are aware, just on the anvil of that, the world got hit by Omicron.” Said the Minister.

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