Airline ticket refund: DGCA tells Supreme Court that tickets booked during coronavirus lockdown are entitled for refund

NEW DELHI: Airline ticket refund, DGCA, Supreme Court, Coronavirus lockdownThe Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has informed the Supreme Court that people who had booked air tickets during the lockdown are entitled to immediate refunds. The DGCA also clarified that in case of tickets booked prior to the lockdown up to May 24, the […]

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IndiGo marks completion of 50,000 flights since coronavirus lockdown

NEW DELHI: Airline major IndiGo on Saturday marked the completion of 50,000 flights since coronavirus lockdown. Accordingly, till September 12, the tally of the airline includes scheduled commercial operations, passenger charters, ‘CarGo’ charters, ‘Air Bubble flights’, and repatriation flights under the ‘Vande Bharat’ programme. “All these fights were operated while adhering to all the precautionary […]

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India proposes full refund on domestic, foreign airline tickets booked during lockdown

NEW DELHI: In an affidavit in the Supreme Court, O.K. Gupta, Director, Directorate General of Civil Aviation, said for the domestic airlines if the tickets were booked directly with the airline or through an agent, during the first lockdown period, – March 25 – April 14 – for the journeys to be undertaken in both […]

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‘Keep middle seats vacant or provide wrap-around gowns’: DGCA tells Airlines

NEW DELHI: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday asked airlines to allot seats in flights in such a manner that middle seats are kept vacant to the extent possible. However, if a flyer has been allotted the middle seat due to a high passenger load “then additional protective equipment like wrap-around gown […]

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No GST exemption to help businesses fight Covid-19 disruptions

NEW DELHI: The Finance Ministry has ruled out GST waiver or deference to businesses as part of the economic relief package to help them cope with the situation arising in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant nationwide lockdown. In discussions within the ministry, it has been said that Goods and Sales Tax exemption […]

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India might allow International flight operations from July

NEW DELHI: International flight operations from India might commence from July depending upon the circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 outbreak, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Saturday. The statement assumes significance as it comes just days ahead of the recommencement of domestic flight services from Monday. During an online question and answer session, […]

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Kazakhstan, Turkey may resume flights in late June

ALMATY:  Kazakh and Turkish airlines may resume passenger flights between the two countries in late June, Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development has said, if the novel coronavirus epidemic remains under control. Kazakh minister Beibut Atamkulov discussed the plans in a telephone call with his Turkish counterpart Adil Karaismailoglu, the ministry said in a […]

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U.S. airlines step up safety measures in preparation for recovery

By Tracy Rucinski, David Shepardson U.S. carriers JetBlue Airways Corp and United Airlines Holdings Inc announced fresh safety measures on Wednesday aimed at restoring confidence in air travel as several executives pointed to signs domestic demand is improving. U.S. states are starting to reopen and airlines expect an increase in domestic travel over the extended […]

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One check-in bag to fare control: India issues guidelines for domestic flight operations from May 25

NEW DELHI: A day after announcing resumption of domestic commercial passenger flights from May 25, the Civil Aviation Ministry on Thursday issued detailed guidelines for airlines, airports, passengers and other stakeholders. The ministry said it will prescribe lower and upper limit on air fares and airlines will have to adhere to it “during the period […]

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IndiGo, SpiceJet, other airlines resume online bookings for domestic flights for June

NEW DELHI: Some airlines have started bookings for flights from June onwards, sources said amid commercial flight services remaining suspended till May 31 due to the coronavirus lockdown. A SpiceJet spokesperson, however, said its international bookings are closed till June 15. Commercial flights have been suspended since March 25 when the country-wide lockdown began to […]

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