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Domestic flights suspended till 17th May, DGCA in a circular makes intentions clear

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  • Team PresentMirror | Updated: May 3, 2020, 7:09 a.m.




However, the DGCA has clarified that this restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights that have been specifically approved by DGCA. The public need not panic regarding the booking of tickets, enough time will be given to plan their journey, keeping in consideration safety of citizens.


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The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a circular issued today said that suspension of domestic flight operations, has been further extended up to 2359 hrs IST on 17th May. “It has also been decided to extend the validity of the CIRCULAR dated 14.04.2020 issued on the subject cited-above regarding Scheduled International commercial passenger services till 2359 hrs IST of May 17th, 2020”, said DGCA in a circular today.



However, the DGCA has clarified that this restriction shall not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights that have been specifically approved by DGCA. “The foreign and domestic airlines shall be suitably informed about the opening of their operations whether international to/from India or domestic respectively in due course”, the circular read.

Earlier, following the Lockdown1.0 announced on 22nd March, all flight operations vis a vis domestic and international were suspended till further notice. According to Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri, government will commence bookings for flight tickets only when nationwide spread of COVID-19 is controlled. The public need not panic regarding the booking of tickets, enough time will be given to plan their journey, keeping in consideration safety of citizens.

The circular makes it clear until the nationwide lockdown is lifted, DGCA seems in no mood to resume domestic flight operations. The government have stated their intentions, safety and wellbeing of Indians is their utmost priority.

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