Tuesday, June 02, 2020

No government nod yet, but airlines continue to accept bookings

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri may have indicated that international travel is still some time away, but that hasn’t stopped airlines from accepting bookings.
A cursory look at the websites of airlines, including that of IndiGo, SpiceJet, GoAir and Vistara, shows each of them is letting customers book tickets for international destinations. These destinations include Singapore, Bangkok, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
National carrier Air India though is not accepting any bookings for international travel.
Bookings continue even though international flights have been banned since March after government order.
“They're deceiving the people,” a senior executive from the travel industry said of the airlines. “No one knows when flights will resume or what the schedule will be. Gullible people's money will be stuck in credit shells,” he added.
Interestingly, industry executives said bookings for international travel have been open for some time including in May for travel in June. “It’s always been like that. When the lockdown was till May 31, international bookings were open from June 1, and previously also,” said a senior executive from an airline.
02/06/20 Prince Mathews Thomas/moneycontrol.com
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