In a circular issued by the DGCA said airlines cannot start taking flight bookings from May 4 until further orders.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Sunday warned airlines not to take booking for domestic or international flights until they recieve orders from the government.
In a circular issued by the aviation regulator’s Deputy Director General Sunil Kumar said airlines cannot start taking flight bookings from May 4 until further orders.
“All airlines are hereby directed to refrain from booking tickets… Further, the airlines may note that they shall be given sufficient notice and time for restarting operations,” .
Meanwhile, Air India has stopped taking bookings for all flights, said its officials, a day after Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri “advised” airlines to open bookings only after the government takes a decision on resuming passenger flights.
The minister’s comment came on Saturday night, hours after the national carrier stated that it has opened bookings on select domestic flights from May 4 and on select international flights from June 1.
Some airlines, Javadekar said, decided on their own to start bookings from May 4, and noted that Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has already clarified that the government has not taken any decision in this regard.
A final decision on the issue will be taken by the government, he said, advising against any speculation over the matter.
The ongoing nation-wide lockdown, which had started from March 24 midnight, to combat the coronavirus pandemic is scheduled to end on May 3.