No Domestic Flights From Wednesday, Says Centre Amid Coronavirus Crisis

A man wearing a facemask walks along a deserted street during a one-day Janata curfew imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus in New Delhi

India's government has made fervent appeals to the public to practise social distancing and good hand hygiene

India has already banned incoming global flights and sealed most of its land borders.

The release added that airlines have to plan operations so as to land at their destination before 2359 hours on 24/3/2020. The operation of domestic cargo flights, however, will, continue as usual. The home quarantined passengers were permitted till now to travel on connecting flights to reach their final destination within India.

Apart from flights, India has also suspended rail transport and much of the bus services - inter and intra-state.

The government's announcement came as the number of coronavirus cases crossed 470 on Monday.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation had put out a clarification saying there would be no change in domestic flight operations. From Tuesday-Wednesday midnight no passenger flight is allowed in India.

On Sunday, the Delhi government's lockdown order had sought stopping of all domestic and worldwide flights and had asked Airports Authority of India (AAI) chairman to ensure strict compliance of the same.

30 states have gone on full lockdown, the health ministry said today.

The decision was taken in order to control the spread of the deadly coronavirus in the country that has claimed the lives of eight people and affected more than 400. As airlines suffer from lesser flights, a recent study by global aviation consultancy service provider CAPA has stated that most of the airlines around the world will face bankruptcy if the government does not intervene.

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