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‘No decision yet to start international flights’

18 Apr 2020

India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation has clarified that so far no decision has been taken to start domestic or international operations. 

Hardeep Singh Puri, India’s Minister of Civil Aviation tweeted, “Airlines are advised to open their bookings only after a decision in this regard has been taken by the government.”

Earlier, India’s national airline, Air India on Saturday said it had opened bookings on select domestic and international routes including Oman from May 4 and June 1, respectively.

‘Bookings for select domestic flights for travel from May 4, 2020, and for international flights for travel from June 1, 2020 onwards are open,’ it posted on its website airindia.com.

Muscat Daily checked the Air India’s booking site on Saturday evening. 

It did a search about the Muscat-Delhi round trip. The web fare for Muscat-Delhi trip on June 1 costs RO119.1 on flight AI 974. The flight is scheduled to leave Muscat airport at 10.25pm and the Delhi-Muscat flight (AI 973) on June 8 leaving Delhi airport at 7.20pm costs RO110.7.

Speaking to Muscat Daily, an Air India official said, “We have started taking the bookings based on assumption that we will get permission from the authorities to start our Oman flight service. We have been getting lots of queries regarding the resumption of our international services.” 

There is currently a lockdown in India till May 3 to check the spread of coronavirus disease. The first phase of the lockdown was from March 25 to April 14.

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