New Delhi: Government airline Air India has stopped booking tickets for all flights following the advice of the aviation minister. Company officials gave information about this. Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday advised the airlines to start booking tickets only after receiving instructions from the government to start passenger flights.
Hours before Puri’s advice, Air India said that it has started booking tickets for select domestic routes from May 4 and international flights from June 1.
No decision has been taken so far to commence operations of domestic & International flights post the Lockdown.Advertisement
All Airlines have been directed by @DGCAIndia to refrain from booking tickets.
They shall be given sufficient notice & time for restarting operations.@MoCA_GoI
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) April 19, 2020
“We have stopped all advance bookings,” company officials said on Sunday. In case of any passenger who has booked the ticket and the respective flight is canceled, the said passenger will be given a credit voucher to book the ticket later. However, private sector companies have not stopped booking tickets for flights after May 4.
Minister for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri said on Saturday that airlines are advised to start booking tickets only after the government decides on starting domestic and international passenger flight services. Puri tweeted, “The Civil Aviation Ministry has clarified that no decision has yet been taken to start domestic or international operations.”
He said airlines are advised to start their booking only after the government has taken a decision in this regard. Earlier in the day, Air India said that it has started booking for domestic flights on some routes from May 4 and for select international flights from June 1.
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