Let’s face it! The Coronavirus thwarted holiday plans for many of us. However, now that the Ministry of Civil Aviation has lifted restrictions on domestic flying, you can resume your post-lockdown holiday plans.
But, before making a new plan, check if you were owed a refund from a previous booking and if it has hit your bank account. Regulatory authorities had instructed airlines to refund the total fare without levying any cancellation charges. However, this applies only to airline tickets booked during the first lockdown period – from 25.03.20 to 14.04.20 for travel between 25.03.20 and 03.05.20. Airlines were asked to return the money no later than 3 weeks from the date of cancellation.
Are you in the middle of finalizing your post lockdown holiday plans? If so, then refer to the table given below. It lists the latest booking information and cancellation policy of Air India and IndiGo Airlines, two of the most popular airlines in the country.
|Airline||Booking Information||Change And Cancellation Policies|
|Air India||Starting 25th May 2020, domestic flights have resumed. Until further notice, International flights will remain suspended till 30th November 2020.||Those who had booked Air India tickets for a journey between 23rd March 2020 and 31st May 2020 were given the option to book available flights between 25th May 2020 and 24th August 2020 in the same class, without any additional charges. Tickets dated between 25th May 2020 and 31st May 2020, and issued after 22nd May 2020, are eligible for a total refund.|
|IndiGo Airlines||Starting 25th May 2020, domestic flights have resumed. Until further notice, International flights will remain suspended till 30th November 2020.||The booking amount for cancelled flights may be used again in the form of credit. The credit shall be valid only for the same passenger, for one year from the date of issuance.|
* Please note that the information in the table is for reference purposes only. The government may issue new guidelines or airlines may revise their cancellation policy at any time.
Additional Read: Air Travel in Post Pandemic World: Everything You Need to Know
How to Travel Safely and Responsibly Amid the Pandemic
Even though the tourism scenario after lockdown is looking up, we must remember that the virus is still at large. Follow these tips to travel responsibly and plan a safe journey after the lockdown –
- Wear a mask at all times.
- Clean your hands before you put on your mask, and after you take it off.
- Maintain social distancing.
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Keep a hand sanitizer on your person at all times. Sanitize your hands if washing is not an option.
- For your plans to travel after lockdown, pick a destination with a low number of active and daily cases.
- Stay in hotels, and eat in restaurants that strictly adhere to safety guidelines.
Additional Read: Quick Tips to travel safely in Post Lockdown World
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