India will enable home and worldwide business passenger flights when it is certain that the unfold of coronavirus has come under management, unhappy Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Wednesday.
“My heart goes out to people who are facing problems due to restrictions put in place on domestic & international flights, pursuant to the situation arising out of the timely announcement of a nationwide lockdown,” the minister stated on Twitter.
India has imposed a 21-day lockdown from March 25 to curb the coronavirus pandemic. Consequently, all home and worldwide business passenger flights have been suspended for this time interval.
However, cargo flights, offshore helicopter operations, medical evacuation flights and particular flights permitted by Indian aviation regulator DGCA are permitted to function throughout this lockdown.
“These restrictions will be lifted once we are fully confident that the spread of the virus has been controlled & it poses no danger to fellow Indians,” the minister stated.
“I thank everyone for their cooperation and help in these testing times. Together we shall overcome and emerge stronger,” he added.
Airlines not refunding for cancelled flights as a result of lockdown, allege journey brokers
Travel brokers physique on Tuesday alleged that majority of IATA-member airways have disabled the refunding mechanism on the Global Distribution Services System (GDS-system) for brokers and urged the civil aviation ministry to direct the airways to repay clients for cancelled flights as a result of 21-day lockdown to curb the unfold of coronavirus an infection.
Most of the airways, together with home gamers, have refused to refund clients whose flights both obtained cancelled because of the suspension of all business passenger flights within the wake of 21-day lockdown, or due to the visa and journey restrictions by varied international locations or they themselves cancelled tickets on account of pandemic issues.
The airways are forcing clients to simply accept journey vouchers with their validity, in some circumstances, so long as one yr.
Not solely this, home airways besides the national provider Air India, have began taking bookings from April 15 onwards. The three-week lockdown will stay in pressure until April 14, as of now.