National carrier Air India has opened bookings for select domestic flights from May 4 onwards and also for international flights from June 1. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued a circular to extend the prohibition of domestic and international commercial flight operations till May 17.
The restriction won’t apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA. This comes after the nationwide lockdown was extended for further two weeks beyond May 4.
“Bookings for select domestic flights for travel from 04th May 2020 and for international flights for travel 01st June 2020 onwards are OPEN,” Air India said.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation clarifies that so far no decision has been taken to open domestic or international operations.
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) April 18, 2020
Air India further said that the situation is being constantly reviewed and the customers shall be updated regularly. However, Union Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri in a tweet clarified that the Ministry of Civil Aviation, so far, has not taken a decision to open domestic or international operations.
Puri also said that airlines are advised to open their bookings only after a decision in this regard has been taken by the government.