Air India stops bookings till April 30

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NEW DELHI: Air India has stopped taking bookings for both domestic and international flights in April and is selling tickets for flights May 1 onwards. Senior airline officials say they are awaiting a government decision on whether flights resume when lockdown ends on 11.59 pm of April 14, or the same is extended, to decide…

NEW DELHI: Air India has stopped taking bookings for both domestic and international flights in April and is selling tickets for flights May 1 onwards. Senior airline officials say they are awaiting a government decision on whether flights resume when lockdown ends on 11.59 pm of April 14, or the same is extended, to decide on resuming sale for April flights. AI stopped taking bookings for this month since Thursday. Other Indian carriers like IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir are selling tickets for domestic flights on and after April 15 while international flights on offer are from May 1. International travel will begin in phases after the lockdown is lifted, depending on what the corona situation in other countries is. A senior Air India official said: “If we accept bookings for flights and there are very poor passenger loads for some flights (of April), then it may not be commercially viable to operate those flights. In that case we will be liable to refund money to passengers of cancelled flights. We are awaiting decision on lockdown before resuming sales of tickets for flights in April,” said an AI official. Another AI official said: “We have stopped taking bookings till April 30. A decision will be taken after decision on lockdown. Otherwise passengers who make booking can sue us if we don’t operate. So to reduce our liability, we stopped taking flight bookings till April 30.” People are now reluctant to make travel plans due to the corona uncertainty and the massive economic upheaval the endemic has brought by brining all business to a halt. “Our bookings are open but very few bookings are coming for future travel. People are just too uncertain of what coming times hold for them in terms of coronavirus spread and their job/business prospects,” said a senior official of a private airline. “We continue to take bookings from April 15 onwards as of now. We will action otherwise if there is any new notification from the ministry,” said a Vistara spokesperson. DownloadThe Times of India News App for Latest Business NewsSubscribeStart Your Daily Mornings with Times of India Newspaper! Order Now
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