I was just writing about how long do I think will domestic flights be still flying, when a new update from the Ministry of Civil Aviation popped in.
All the airlines in India are going to withdraw all domestic flights between March 25 onwards, due to the CoVid19 it seems. The new notification simply reads,
The operations of domestic schedule commercial airlines shall cease with effect from the mid-night, that is 23.59 hours IST on 24/3/2020.
Airlines have to plan operations so as to land at their destination before 2359 hours on 24/3/2020.
This restriction does not apply to cargo flights. The circular issued by MoCA states that the restriction will be valid till March 31, 2020, 2359 hours.
Air India seems to have had a heads up of this because Air India has zeroed out all the inventory for the above stated period out of its network. At the moment, their network is not selling tickets until March 31, 2020.
Like you can see, I tried booking a ticket between Mumbai and Delhi, and the airline website shows all tickets not available.
Same results on other sectors as well.
If you really urgently need to go somewhere, I guess you only have tomorrow, March 24, 2020, to get there.
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