India suspends all domestic passenger flights

The Indian government has ordered a shut down of all passenger flights into and within India.

On the heels of suspending international flights, all domestic scheduled commercial flights are to cease operations effective 23:59 hours IST (UTC+5.5) March 24, 2020. Flights have to land at their destination before this deadline.

There is no re-start date announced at this time, but the general timeframe being followed by governments is March 31, 2020.

As per the order of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, these restrictions remain in place till 23:59 on March 31, 2020.

Cargo only flights are exempt from this suspension.

As per information received from Bangalore Aviation readers, even General Aviation flights are restricted from operations.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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