Low fare carriers IndiGo and GoAir will together cancel close to 1,000 domestic flights during the Janta Curfew Sunday, both said without giving any assurance of a refund to affected passengers.
GoAir said it would cancel all its domestic operations, usually constituting 330 flights, on Sunday. The country’s biggest carrier IndiGo separately said it will operate only 60 per centof its domestic schedule of about 1,400 local flights on Sunday and going forward trim it by 25 per cent. To be sure, both have already clubbed and cancelled some domestic flights in the last few weeks.
GoAir said it was ‘responding to the clarion call’ by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who on Thursday urged citizens to adhere to a self-imposed curfew on Sunday, restrictingmovements and gatherings to a bare minimum to fight the spread of the Coronavirus. Officials at the ministry of civil aviation had however said domestic flights would continue.GoAir said passengers’ PNRs will be protected and can be redeemed any time of the year free of extra charges. Neither GoAir nor IndiGo said that affected passengers would berefunded.
In its statement, IndiGo, which flies almost half of India’s local fliers, said it would trim 40 per cent of its domestic schedule on Sunday “in order to accommodate those with urgent travel requirements on that day. GoAir has already suspended all international operations. No international flight will land in India for a week starting March 22, according to a government mandate.