Domestic flights have been grounded since March 25 onwards, and since then the lockdown has been moving forward 15 days at a time, and airlines are told to wait for their turn to come for booking the next set of flights. However, it seems a decision to open domestic flight bookings will be sooner than later at the moment.
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep S Puri has been stating that flights can be opened as early as within a week, but he has also been stating that flights will only be operating between green zones for now. However, clarity may be setting in, as Air India has put in place a few domestic flights up for sale later this week onwards.
At the moment, I can spot tickets being sold for one flight a day between Chennai and Delhi every day from May 15, 2020, to May 31, 2020.
However, this seems to be the only flight I can find available for sale at the moment. Even the reverse flight for Delhi – Chennai is showing unavailable for now.
Now, this could be a big mistake where someone left the sole flight left open on the schedule, or it is just that the schedule is not fully loaded yet and more flights could be up for sale once the decision of the Government of India comes out today on when will flights be resuming.
Air India always seems to have advance knowledge of things, so it won’t be a surprise that Air India will have been sounded off and they are priming up their website to be able to sell tickets the minute they receive the GO sign from their superiors.
What do you make of the sale of a solitary domestic Air India flight at the moment by the airline on their website?
(H/T Balaji Venkataraman)