Domestic Flights In India Suspended From March 24th Midnight To Prevent COVID-19 Spread

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In light of the coronavirus outbreak, all domestic passenger flights will cease to operate from March 24 midnight amid coronavirus pandemic. All Airlines have been asked to plan operations in advances so as to land at their destinations before 11:59 pm on 24th March 2020. However, this restriction will not be applied to cargo flights. This step has been taken by the government to prevent the rapid spread of coronavirus. As of today, there are around 415 cases of coronavirus and 8 deaths in the country.

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What’s In It?

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) issued a set of guidelines regarding social distancing for airport staffers and airlines. As per these rules, airport authorities have asked all domestic airlines to ensure passengers inside the aircraft are not seated next to each other. The rules also state that there must be one remaining seat between two passengers. The DGCA further stated in a circular that the seat allocation will be done at the time of check-in, and will be done in a manner to make sure that the seat between two passengers is empty.

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What’s More?

All international, domestic flights will not be permitted to fly from midnight of 24th March. However, this doesn’t apply to cargo flights. There are around 415 active positive cases of COVID-19 and 8 deaths,  inducing the government to act quickly and impose stringent measures to contain the deadly virus. This decision to suspend domestic flights comes after the measure to shut down interstate buses, metros, and trains in the country. State borders have been shut down to stop the movement of people from across the state borders. In the state of Punjab, the government has imposed a curfew where essentials like medical and grocery shops are closed, as the citizens weren’t following lockdown orders amidst the coronavirus outbreak. During this dire time of COVID-19, we appeal everyone to stay home quarantined, follow government orders and keep oneself safe. Did you know To Discourage Senior Citizens From Travelling, Indian Railways Suspends Concession?