New Delhi: All airlines, including Air India, started ticket booking for May 25 and onwards as the civil aviation department has given a go-ahead to airlines to resume domestic air activities from May 25. Bookings started from May 22 after the directorate general of civil aviation approved the schedule of the airlines. According to the approved schedule, these are the cities you can now fly to. The flight services are beginning after a gap of two months as all flights were cancelled from March 25 onwards owing to the total lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also Read - Middle Seats in Flights Should be Kept Vacant to ‘Possible Extent’, DGCA Issues Guidelines to Airlines
According to reports, the Tamil Nadu government is not keen to allow domestic traffic inside the state and has urged the Centre to not resume operations to the state until May 31 — the official date when lockdown 4.0 is scheduled to end. However, going by the schedule approved by the DGCA, Chennai is there as one of the destinations. It will be decided later whether Chennai will be taken off the list. But bookings have started. Also Read - Air India Delhi-Moscow Flight Pilot on Duty is COVID Positive: Prima Facie a Lapse, No Point in Covering it Up, Say Sources
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On May 20, the civil aviation ministry announced that domestic flight operations would begin from May 25. A day later, the Airport Authorities of India issued a standard operational protocol for the airports across the country to ensure social distancing and contactless screening. The ministry, too, released guidelines for airlines and passengers to be adhered to for the upcoming flights.