Coronavirus Update: DGCA extends domestic flight ban in India till 14 April

After all the worldwide flights were forbidden till 14 April following India lockdown amid COVID 19 outbreak, now Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), aviation regulator, has chosen to ban all the domestic flight operations till the same time. The judgment was taken by the aviation body on Friday due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Before this, the ban on national flight was only till 31 March, but now it has been stretched to the full lockdown duration. As per the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), “All domestic operators engaged in scheduled, non-scheduled and private aircraft operations in India shall ensure strict compliance of the order.” The memorandum was signed by Deputy Director General Sunil Kumar.

So now for the next 17 days, there won’t be any sort of air travel in the country. The verdict to lockdown the country was taken after the COVID 19 positive cases rose in India at a drastic rate.

Before the DGCA made the statement, GoAir and Air India had already declared that their domestic flight operations will remain suspended till 14 April 2020 and will only start operating after the situation improves

Meanwhile GoAir to help customers has said, “Our ‘Protect your PNR’ scheme allows customers to reschedule their travel for 1 year from the date of their original booking”. As per the latest scheme, customers who had their flight tickets planned between March 26, 2020 and April 14, 2020, can postpone their flights up to April 15, 2021, with the same PNR.

Besides, other domestic private airlines like IndiGo and Spicejet too have joined the team and are supporting the government’s lockdown verdict. IndiGo has presented its services for ferrying supply of medicines, equipment and relief material across India in the period of crisis.

IndiGo CEO penned to the Minister of State for Civil Aviation and said “I know you must be facing major logistical challenges in moving medicine, equipment and relief supplies from one part of the country to another. We at IndiGo would be extremely proud to be associated with this critical life-saving activity at this hour of great need for our nation.”

According to the latest update from the Health Ministry, the virus has already claimed 19 lives while the total amount of has gone up to 908. Speaking on a global scale, the total number of infected individuals has spiked to 607,310 and the number of casualties has gone 27,677.

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