Stop Bookings, No Decision On Flights From May 4: Aviation Regulator

New Delhi: No decision has been taken to restart the domestic and international flight operations after the second phase of lockdown ends on May 3, aviation regulator – Directorate General of Civil Aviation or DGCA – said on Sunday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last week extended the lockdown till May 3 to arrest the growth of COVID-19 cases in the country.

“In these circulars, there was no direction/clearance, which allows the airlines to start ticket bookings for the journeys to be undertaken w.e.f the 4th of May 2020. In this respect, it is brought to the notice of all concerned that no decision to commence the operation of domestic/international flights w.e.f the 4th of May 2020 has been taken yet,” a statement from the regulator read.

“In view of this, all airlines are hereby directed to refrain from booking tickets as described above,”

On Saturday, a Group of Ministers (GoM) who attended a meeting chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence expressed concern over resuming trains and flights, sources have said, adding that a final call would be taken after the Union Health Ministry gives its inputs.

Air traffic and passenger trains were suspended last month, days before the nationwide shutdown began on March 25.

IndiGo announced a pay cut of up to 25 per cent for its senior employees and Vistara announced compulsory leave without pay for up to three days for its senior employees in March.

SpiceJet said salaries would be cut by 10 to 30 per cent and Air India has announced a 10 per cent cut in allowances for every employee, except cabin crew, for three months.

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