Trains, Flights unlikely to resume after May 3, Say Sources

Rail and airlines travel unlikely to resume after May 3, as social distancing remains a concern in the battle against the highly infectious novel coronavirus or Covid-19 that has infected more than 15,000 people in India, killed more than 500. Earlier this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had extended to May 3, the nationwide lockdown, which began on March 25 to test Covid-19 spread.

by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 19, 2020 11:37 IST

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Airlines are advised to open their reservations

All of the airlines were instructed not to take reservations after May 3, sources said. The group of ministers who attended a meeting chaired by Defense Minister Rajnath Singh at his residence on Saturday expressed concern about the resumption of trains and flights, sources said, adding that a final decision would be made after the feedback from the Union Health Ministry.

Saturday's government said no decision was taken to allow domestic or international flights, hours after Air India on its website said it is taking reservations for travel from May 4 on some domestic routes, and from June 1 on international routes.

Civil Aviation Ministry clarifies that no decision to allow domestic or foreign operations has been taken so far. Airlines are advised to open their reservations only after the Government has made a decision in this regard, "tweeted Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. Protection Status