The commercial flights industry of India is currently stagnant due to the lockdown.
As discussions on restarting operations of the flights are ongoing, a senior government official who requested to remain unnamed has stated that the services may resume in the current month itself and airlines are planning not to take it beyond the first week of June.
Senior Indian government officials, in New Delhi, have stated that airline services will resume in May but on a limited scale a few days after the restart of train services. Flights will be allowed to resume but only between the principal cities.
Discussions are still in progress surrounding the incomplete list of service orders which were stopped by lockdown, the reviews of restarting the services are in final stages, and are to be executed soon after a consensus on new operating procedures of passengers is agreed upon.
Passengers who wish to fly and maintain social distancing are allowed to book middle seats and senior citizens are advised not to travel. Travellers are however not allowed to carry their cabin baggage onto the plane. Passengers will be subjected to temperature checks and safety precautions like the wearing of gloves, face masks and head covers will be enforced.
Before restarting the flights, the government will be giving a 10 day notice to passengers.
No news has yet been offered up by airport authorities as there has not been a clearance from government officials to open bookings once again. Nonetheless, flight crews and ground staff believe that services will recommence after May 15th.