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    Govt Asks Airlines Not To Open Bookings, Collect Money From People

    Union Civil Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said that flight restrictions would be lifted only after the government is "confident" that COVID-19 virus has been controlled and is no longer a threat to the people

    In a series of tweets, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said that the government is yet to take a call on when to lift curbs on the airlines and have asked airlines not to open bookings and stop collecting money from people.

    The government would decide on removing restrictions on airlines only after they are “confident” that the spread of COVID-19 virus has been controlled successfully and is no longer a threat to people, the minister twitted.

    “I want to once again say that flight restrictions that are in place as a result of India’s fight against COVID19 will be lifted once we are confident that spread of the virus has been controlled & it poses no danger to our country & people”, the minister said in one of his tweets.

    The minister’s tweets comeswithin hours of several airlines including Air India, Vistara and AirAsia opening their bookings for flights post May 4.

    The minister said in his tweets that several airlines did not pay heed to what the government has been saying and went ahead and opened bookings. In his tweet of April 18, the civil aviation minister had very clearly mentioned that no decision has been taken so far on opening domestic and international flights. “Airlines are adivsed to open their bookings only after a decision in this regard is being taken by the Government,” the tweet said.

    The Indian Railways has already announced that movement of all passenger trains would remain suspended till May 3. Advance reservations for train tickets has been suspended until further notice.

    In an official notification, Indian Railways said that all passenger train services would continue to remain cancelled till 2400 hours on May 3. All the counters for booking of train tickets, whether reserved or unreserved, will remain closed both on railway stations and outside the station premises.

    Photo credit: @HardeepSPuri

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