Port Blair, May 24: The domestic flight operations will be commencing from today (25th May 2020). All airlines, including Air India have started ticket booking for May 25 and onwards with the civil aviation department giving a go-ahead to airlines to resume domestic air activities. Bookings had started from May 22 after the directorate general of civil aviation approved the schedule of the airlines. The flight services are beginning after a gap of two months as all flights were cancelled from March 25 onwards owing to the total lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

According to reports, the Tamil Nadu government is not keen to allow domestic traffic inside the state and has urged the Centre to not resume operations to the state until May 31 — the official date when lockdown 4.0 is scheduled to end. However, going by the schedule approved by the DGCA, Chennai is there as one of the destinations. It will be decided later whether Chennai will be taken off the list. But bookings have started.

Flight operations will also be commencing in Port Blair with Indigo Airlines to operate daily flights from Kolkata and Chennai. Meanwhile Air India will be operating flights on Tuesday and Saturday from Chennai and on Wednesday from Kolkata. This schedule will be valid till 30th June 2020.

The list of cities where flight operations will commence from 25th May 2020 are: Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bagdogra, Bangalore, Bhubaneshwar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Dibrugarh, Goa, Hyderabad, Jammu, Kochi, Kolkata, Leh, Lucknow, Mumbai, Pune, Raipur, Srinagar, Trivandrum, Udaipur, Varanasi, Agartala, Aizawal, Bhopal, Guwahati, Imphal, Jaipur, Nagpur, Patna, Port Blair, Silchar, Vadodara, Vijayawada, Amritsar, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Gorakhpur, Indore, Kannur, Kolhapur, Imphal, Kozhikode, Madurai, Mangalore, Rajahmundry, Ranchi, Shirdi, Surat, Tirupati, Trichi, Tuticorin, Udaipur, Vadodara, Vizag, Adampur, Belgaum, Dharamsala, Durgapur, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Jharduguda, Kishangarh, Kandia, Kanpur, Porbandar