Coronavirus: Civil Aviation Ministry suspends domestic flights from Tuesday midnight

Coronavirus: Civil Aviation Ministry suspends domestic flights from Tuesday midnight”

"No domestic flights will be allowed to operate after 23.59 IST (1159 pm) on 24 March", the official said adding the government is yet to decide on when to restart domestic flight operations. On the other hand, the government, realising the gravity of the prevailing situation, has extended the duration of the Curfew, which received tremendous support from people across the country. The restrictions, however, shall not apply to cargo-carrying flights.

India has already banned worldwide flights for a week from Sunday. Airlines have to plan operations so as to land at their destination before 2359 hours on 24/3/2020.

"Many people are still not taking the lockdown seriously".

Earlier in the day, aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had clarified on Twitter that all cargo flights - domestic and worldwide - can operate as usual.

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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation had put out a clarification saying there would be no change in domestic flight operations.

"I, would therefore, request you to kindly arrange to issue necessary instructions to stop all flights coming to West Bengal with immediate effect so that the source of spreading infection is effectively contained and lockdown in the state is implemented in true letter and spirit", the letter by Mamata Banerjee read. Such passengers are stamped with "home quarantined" stamps on their hand before leaving the airport.

All passenger train services on Indian Railways including premium trains, Mail/Express trains, passenger trains, suburban Trains, Kolkata Metro Rail, Konkan Railway will be cancelled till March 31.

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