Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Airlines may resume domestic flight operation from first week of June, booking likely to open 10 days before

New Delhi: Airlines in India are likely to resume domestic flight operations from the first week of June and ticket booking will open 10 days before the restart of operation, the Economic Times reported citing government sources.

Worth mentioning here is that all commercial flights have been grounded since March 25.

However, there is no clarity yet on resumption of international flight operations.

“Restarting operations will depend on the situation with respect to number of (coronavirus) cases but the expectations are that it should start by the first week of June,” the business daily quoted a senior aviation ministry official as saying. “We plan to allow airlines to open booking 10 days prior to the restart of operations.” This only pertains to domestic services and there are currently no discussions about restarting international operations, he said.

Although the government feels that 10 days are enough for airlines to restart bookings, industry executives were divided on whether it would give them time to put together a network, plan fleet deployment, implement safety guidelines and generate adequate bookings.

“Airlines would need at least 15 days to plan,” a person close to the development told the business daily.
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