New Delhi, May 28: From today onwards, the entire nation has been covered after flight services resumed in West Bengal.
Our skies and airports are going to get as busy as they always were in the coming days, Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri said. He also shared a picture captured by flightradar24. The image captured at 9.126 am today showed the Indian skies with the numerous flights operating. With operations starting from West Bengal today, we have now the entire country covered, the minister also said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, Vistara said its first 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, which was delivered to it by Boeing in February this year, operated its maiden commercial flight from Delhi to Kolkata on Thursday morning.
While domestic passenger flights resumed across India from Monday, they restarted in Andhra Pradesh from Tuesday and in West Bengal from Thursday.
With operations starting from West Bengal today, we now have the entire country covered.— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) May 28, 2020
This is how the picture looked in a capture from @flightradar24 at 9.16 am this morning.
Our skies & airports are going to get as busy as they always were in coming days.@PMOIndia pic.twitter.com/5BfrntdaDc
In a press release, Vistara's Chief Commercial Officer Vinod Kannan said, "We are seeing a reasonable demand on some of the routes and are happy to add more flights to fly people home and help them reunite with their loved ones. This also enabled us to deploy India's first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on the Delhi-Kolkata route on 28 and 29 May 2020."
The airports at Kolkata and Bagdogra have been permitted to handle 20 daily flights each from Thursday onwards.
The airline said its flight UK705, operated using Dreamliner plane, departed from Delhi at 7.05 am on Thursday and arrived at Kolkata at 8.55 am.
There are 30 seats, 21 seats and 248 seats in business class, premium economy class and economy class of this wide-body aircraft.
India had imposed a lockdown on March 25 to curb the spread of coronavirus. All scheduled commercial passenger flights have been suspended since then. While domestic passenger flights resumed from Monday, international passenger flights continue to remain suspended in India.