Domestic Flights Can Re-Start From April 15 If Lockdown Ends: Minister

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Domestic airlines can take bookings after April 15 when the 21-day lock-down to fight COVID-19 is expected to end, but a resumption of international commercial passenger services will be on a case-by-case basis, depending on the status of the pandemic in the country of origin.

“Government direction is very clear. Lockdown has been announced till April 14. In case it is extended, the same process (of refunds) has to follow,” Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri told reporters in a vide-conference, responding to questions on domestic airlines accepting bookings for April 15, a day after the 21-day lockdown.

However, Puri made it clear that international commercial passenger flights will be resumed only on a case-to-case basis after an assessment is done on the COVID-19 situation in the country where the flight originates from.

“The lockdown is till April 15. And, we can start considering the resumption of flights on a case-by-case basis depending on where they are coming from after that,” Puri said.

Read more at: Deccan Herald | Image: Pixabay 
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