Commercial airlines SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir have started accepting bookings from April 15 onwards for domestic travel
It is welcome news that Indian Railways and private airlines are reportedly allowing travellers to book tickets from April 15 onwards on their platforms. After a clear indication from the government that there would be no extension of the lockdown beyond April 14, budget carriers IndiGo, SpiceJet, GoAir have started accepting bookings from April 15. At present, no official statement has been issued so far.
“IRCTC is accepting booking from April 15, naturally when the lockdown is till April 14. We will have to bring back the work force gradually, we will start opening up passenger trains slowly,” a senior government official familiar with the matter told the ET. He, however, mentioned that passenger train operations may not resume entirely from April 15 onwards.
It is worth mentioning here that ticket bookings on the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC)—the online ticketing subsidiary of Indian Railways—were already open as per the 120-day advanced reservation period (ARP) norms.
Last month, the railways had cancelled all passenger train services till April 14 in the wake of a three-week nationwide lockdown to contain the coronavirus disease. The refunds for all these cancelled trains can be availed till June 21. The railways, however, had ensured essential supplies in different parts of the country, movement of goods trains will continue.
Earlier, Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had instructed officials to make the service available on more routes so that items such as medicines, essential food products, and edible oils can be supplied smoothly.