Post DGCA’s order, IndiGo and Vistara announce closure of bookings till May 31

The DGCA through its circular directed all the airlines to refrain from booking tickets.

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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued a new circular on late Sunday (19th April) evening which in a way brought clarity to all airlines on their booking schedules. The DGCA through its circular directed all the airlines to refrain from booking tickets.

The circular said, “There was no direction/clearance, which allows the airlines to start bookings for the journeys to be undertaken wef the 4th of May 2020. Further it has been noted that airlines have started booking tickets for journeys w.e.f from 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. In view of this, all airlines are hereby directed to refrain from booking tickets.”

The issuance of DGCA’s order provided clarity to many airline companies and as a result of which IndiGo and Vistara announced that they have closed bookings till 31st May. However, national carrier Air India has already stopped bookings till the end of May on Saturday (18th April,2020).

Besides, Hardeep Puri, the Minister of Civil Aviation on Saturday (18th April) had sent out a tweet advising the airlines to open their bookings only after a decision in this regard has been taken by the government. 

Even, the Ministry of Civil Aviation clarified on Saturday (18th April) that so far no decision has been taken to open domestic or international operations. Airlines are advised to open their bookings only after a decision in this regard is taken by the Government.

While Air India stopped bookings after the minister’s tweet, the other private carriers continued with their booking schedules. The DGCA’s new order on closure of bookings will, in a way ensure that passengers do not end up booking tickets on flights beyond the given date, which may get cancelled if the government extends the lockdown period.

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