Government Likely To Allow Flight Operations In Staggered Manner Post Lockdown


The government is looking to start the flight operations in a staggered way after the 21-day nationwide lockdown ends on April 14.

Except Air India, all other airlines have started taking bookings for commercial passenger services from April 15.

However, as per the Civil Aviation, the government may consider allowing operations of passenger flights from April 15 but the flights may not be allowed to operate on all sectors.

India had suspended domestic and international commercial passenger flight operations from midnight on March 24 for 21 days in sync with the nation-wide lockdown.

However, cargo flights, medical evacuation flights, offshore helicopter operations and flights permitted on special ground by the aviation regulator DGCA were allowed to operate during the period.

However, the government is clear that the operations will not start by April 14 and they have left for the Airlines have to judge the situation and accordingly start the bookings.

In case the lockdown gets extended, then the same process of cancellation has to be followed, and if the lockdown is not extended, then the bookings will be honoured according to the secretary Civil Aviation.