As Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended lockdown for 19 more days, Minister of Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri backed the government’s decision and said that it had good reasons for extending the lockdown. In a tweet shared hours after the Prime Minister’s announcement, Hardeep S Puri tweeted: “There were good reasons for the lockdown to be extended till 3rd May. We can consider lifting restrictions on both domestic and international flights thereafter.” As aviation is one of the worst hit sectors due to lockdown, the aviation minister also said that he is aware of the problems faced by people who need to travel.
Earlier, he had also said that his “heart goes out” to people who are suffering because of the lockdown and assured that the government will lift restrictions as soon as it is confident that the coronavirus situation is under control. The government had earlier imposed travel and flight restrictions to curb coronavirus menace in view of rising cases globally and in India.