No domestic air travel

No domestic commercial passenger flight will be allowed to operate in the country from Wednesday onward, the Union Civil Aviation Ministry said in a statement to restrict travel amid the coronavirus pandemic. India has already banned international flights for a week from Sunday.

“The operations of domestic schedule commercial airlines shall cease with effect from the midnight, that is 23.59 hours IST on March 24,” a ministry spokesperson said. “Airlines have to plan operations so as to land at their destinations before 23.59 hours on March 24,” the spokesperson added.

He clarified that the restrictions would not apply to cargo flights.

Earlier during the day, aviation regulator DGCA had clarified on Twitter that all cargo flights -- domestic and international -- can operate as usual.

India has banned all international flights from Sunday for a period of one week. Moreover, the Indian government on Monday stated that no domestic flight would be flying in its airspace from Wednesday onward.

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