While the national lockdown is in place till 3rd May railways and flight services are non-operational. However, the same is very likely to be extended beyond the 3rd of May. The operations of train services and even domestic flights would not take place until the mid of the next month.
Sources who attended the Group of Ministers (GoM) meeting on Saturday informed. One of the Union minister who attended the meeting said there was a suggestion in the meeting chaired by Defence minister Rajnath Singh at his house that air travel may be started on May 15.
“There was a discussion on restarting air operations. The aviation minister also said that the planes being parked were also leading to an expense“, said an attendee. However, Union Civil Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri declined this view. Meanwhile, Air India opened up international bookings from June 1, 2020, and bookings on select domestic routes from May 4, 2020.
This was later stopped on orders of Civil aviation minister. The suggestions on special trains to ferry migrants who are stranded were also made. The idea was to run non-stop trains from source to destination. The final call, however, would be taken by Prime Minister Modi and that is awaited.
Inputs: Hindustan Times