Government suspends domestic flight operations from Tuesday midnight

New Delhi, March 23 (IANS): The Centre in a move to contain the coronavirus pandemic suspended all domestic commercial air operations. The domestic schedule commercial air operations will cease with effective from the midnight of Tuesday, March 24. However, the resumption date was not disclosed.

According to Ministry of Civil Aviation, the operations of domestic schedule commercial airlines shall cease operations.

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"Airlines have to plan operations so as to land at their destination before 2359 hours on March 24, 2020," the Ministry said in a statement.

"The restrictions shall not apply to solely cargo carrying flights." India has already banned international flights for a week from March 22.



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  • Chiguru, Mumbai

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    This should have been the very first thing to do. Now before start pouncing saying India is my homeland/motherland and I should be with my family. But in these tough times it is better to remain where you are, no matter where your family resides.
    And my pyaare doston,
    "Tumse milna jaroori nahi
    Tumhara hona jaroori hai."

    If you love your family and homeland, please caution yourself with necessary mandates. It has been observed people have been trying to avoid scans on airport. Dont do such antics.

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  • Norona Virus, BAJPE

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    When Kejriwal acted, the centre said no. Now centre takes same decision, which Kejriwal took earlier. We get a doubt whether the ruling party at the centre is really interested in the people's health and lives or is more interested in scoring political points?

    DGCA should stop operations by today midnight!!! With two more days..chances of spread would be higher and will require more screenings

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  • Deshbhakht, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Unless we ourselves take care of our own self, things are not going to improve. The current situation has already gone beyond our capacity. Please note the three stages of the spread of this virus :
    STAGE-1: Imported Cases -- When the virus has been transmitted by people travelling from abroad. It is the initial stages of the virus. In India the initial virus carriers are believed to be a group of Italians who later tested positive for COVID-19.

    STAGE-2: Local Transmission -- When people come in contact with those who have a travel history to countries affected by coronavirus, it is the second stage. India is currently in the second stage of coronavirus outbreak.

    STAGE-3: Community Transmission -- Community transmission happens when the infected person has not come in contact with anyone who has a travel history to the countries affected by coronavirus. Large scale spread of the virus takes place in this stage. India has currently not reached this stage of virus spread.

    STAGE-4: Epidemic -- This is the last stage of an outbreak. This is what happened in China when large massess got infected and there was a exponentially rising number of confirmed cases as well as deaths.

    India has reached Stage-3, without we understanding it's severity or even having knowledge about it. Let us make our little efforts, let us keep away from any person other than those staying in the house. And, each person in the house takes care that he/she avoids a situation that the virus gets entry in the house. No, we don't want to race towards Staged-4. To avoid it, let us abide with every regulation that is put into force.

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