Monday, April 20, 2020

IndiGo shuts bookings till May 31 after DGCA order

New Delhi: IndiGo closed all its bookings till May 31, shortly after the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Sunday prevented all airlines from taking bookings till a final decision on lifting or easing restrictions on resuming air travel is announced. “It is brought to the notice of all concerned that no decision to commence flights on May 4 has been taken. All airlines are directed to refrain from booking tickets,” the DGCA order said.
A formal ban on forward bookings from the aviation regulator came after a tweet from Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. It was only government-owned Air India which closed bookings after the minister’s tweet, while private airline executives said it was mere “advisory” and not a “binding order”.
On Sunday, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar made it clear that the central government has so far not taken any decision on starting train or airline services for passengers, asserting that any discussion on the issue is futile.
20/04/20 Arindam Majumder/Business Standard
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