Report Card: Air India & AirAsia India are the only airlines to have stopped flight bookings for good!

Last evening, I wrote about a new directive that came from the Government of India, which asked airlines to stop taking bookings from May 4, 2020, onwards. This said circular, enclosed below, says that airlines operating in India are expressly barred from accepting future bookings till they are given instructions to do so.

a close-up of a document

Now, the instruction came late on a Sunday evening (although what Sunday in the industry? For that matter, what Sunday for anyone these days?). So, I thought I’d give airline majors time till Monday morning to comply with the instructions and report back. Let’s have a look at who is fulfilling.

Air India and AirAsia India are not accepting bookings sine die.

AirAsia India is not accepting bookings until the end of the schedule. We randomly checked into September 2020, and we found all flights to be unavailable.

a screenshot of a flight schedule

a screenshot of a flight schedule

Similarly, Air India is not accepting bookings until the end of the schedule at the moment as well. I tried looking for tickets of December 2020.

a screenshot of a flight schedule

GoAir & SpiceJet are taking bookings from May 16, 2020

The two most cash crunched airlines in the industry for the moment have inferred that “till further notice” means May 15 and are already accepting bookings from May 16, 2020. We all must be living on different planets I imagine where they got a separate notice with an end date in sight.

a screenshot of a computer

a screenshot of a flight schedule

IndiGo and Vistara are accepting domestic bookings from June 1 onwards

Again, IndiGo and Vistara have gone with a different interpretation of the government orders, choosing to open reservations from June 1, 2020, onwards.

a screenshot of a flight schedule a screenshot of a flight schedule

Regional operators TruJet and StarAir are also keeping bookings open for flights from June 1, 2020. I mean, what do I even say.

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I will be updating the report card for the international airlines operating to India in a day or two too. Still, so far, I am amused how airlines are sort of defying government orders straight away, under what pretext, I don’t know.

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  1. I have to desperately travel to New York, as my daughter in law is a health worker , working 8-12 hrs , my grandchild is 22 months old ! Please allow me to travel from Mumbai to New York to take care of the baby

    • @Puneeta the only flights in Phase 2 are from Delhi, so you’d have to buy a DEL-JFK ticket (if it is still available!)

  2. My husband is in Nigeria. I and my small kid in lucknow up…please start some flight for nigeria too. There are many Indians stuck.

  3. I am stranded at Chennai with my wife
    Since March 12th. We are senior citizens and my son is an emergency doctor at R N Tagore hospital at Kolkata.
    We are anxious to return home at Kolkata.

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