Air India stops domestic, international flight bookings till April 30

Air India has stopped bookings for all domestic and international flights till April 30. The national carrier said it is awaiting the government’s decision on the lockdown due to coronavirus that will end on April 14. On April 2, Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola said airlines are free to take ticket bookings for any date after April 14.

There are speculations that the government may only lift partial lockdown after April 14.

Railway services also remain suspended in the country amid the lockdown and only good trains are plying to ensure supply of essential commodities.

Meanwhile, Air India’s pilot unions are unhappy with the 10 percent cut in employees’ allowances amid the Coronavirus pandemic. In a letter to Air India chief Rajiv Bansal, the unions stated that the cut was against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to companies not to cut salaries of the employees.

“We, the flying crew of Air India feel, immensely let down by the self-serving approach of the Executive Management Committee in the name of cost-cutting measures. The committee has completely disregarded the appeal made by the prime minister and the advisory from the labor and employment ministry,” the letter said.