Airlines in India open bookings for travel within India after April 15. The nationwide 21-day lockdown is coming to an end on 14 April.

There is no certainty of the removal of lockdown yet. While speculation rise as to a phased removal of the lockdown, the fate of the flights depends on any decision in the direction.

The current lockdown has halted both domestic and international flights.

Airlines in India open bookings: Highlights

Airlines including IndiGo Airlines, Vistara, SpiceJet will be operating less than half their flights.  
Online platforms like MMT, Ixigo, are allowing customers to book domestic flights on their platforms.
The airlines will continue to fly with a  decreased seating capacity on flights,  selling only the aisle and window seats.
Prices of most airlines are almost similar to the pre lockdown period.

Airlines in India open bookings for Domestic Flights 

Most airlines in India open bookings for domestic flights after April 15th. Airlines that have started booking already include AirAsia, SpiceJet, Vistara, Indigo, Air Asia and GoAir.

Meanwhile, the state-owned carrier, Air India has stopped bookings till April 30. They said that they are awaiting a decision over the lockdown after April 1.,

International flights continue to remain suspended as of now. However, SpiceJet and GoAir, have started selling tickets for international flights from May 1.

Airlines to Follow the Social Distancing Norm

In order to maintain the norm of Social distancing, the airlines are flying with a decreased seating capacity.

Customers can book only the aisle and window seats. The middle seat will remain empty. to keep a  safe distance between the customers.

Booking open on Online Platforms

Several online platforms, such as MakeMyTrip, Ixigo, have commenced booking through their websites. There are not much variations in the price of the fights between the pre and post lockdown period.

Refunds in the event of Cancellation

In the event of a cancellation of flights, due to lockdown extension or other similar reasons,  airlines have assured that they will credit the amount into the passenger’s account. This amount can be used later to make bookings in the future.

While uncertainity remains over the lockdown, passengers are being urged to book and fly only in unavoidable circumstances.

News Sources:

Airlines open bookings for travel after April 15, but to fly, or not to fly, is the question, MoneyControl

Flight booking open from April 15: AirAsia, The Economic Times

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