DGCA asks airlines to refrain from booking tickets till May 3

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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Sunday issues a new circular and said that no decision has been taken to resume passenger flights from May 4 when the lockdown ends and all the airlines should refrain from booking tickets.

Referring to previous circulars by the Civil Aviation Ministry which prohibited operations of domestic passenger flights, the DGCA said,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. Further, it has been noted that airlines have started booking tickets for journeys 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 4th of May has been taken.

“In view of this, all airlines are hereby directed to refrain from booking tickets as described above. Further, the airline s may note that they shall be given sufficient notice and time for restarting of operations,” it said.

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The regulator asked for “strict compliance” by all airlines.

All the passenger flights in India were banned from March 25 when the first lockdown came into force.

Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri had earlier tweeted that no decision has been taken to resume passenger flights in the country.

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