Government Diktat To Airlines, Take Bookings Only After Nod To Resume Passenger Flights

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The aviation regulator DGCA in its fresh directive to the airlines amidst the lockdown has clearly stated that the airlines should stop taking bookings .

Private Indian airlines were taking bookings on Sunday on select flights from May 4. The lockdown 2.0 is due to end on May 3 . The first phase was from March 24 to April 15 .

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had advised airlines to open bookings only after the government takes a decision on resumption of passenger flights.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued a circular on Sunday evening, stating: “All airlines are hereby directed to refrain from booking tickets… Further, the airlines may note that they shall be given sufficient notice and time for restarting operations.”

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