New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Air India may operate special domestic flights across select Indian cities between May 19 and June 2-- when India will enter the fourth phase of lockdown-- to help stranded passengers reach home, said a report published in The Times of India. The passengers need to pay for seats. The booking is yet to begin.

The majority of these flights will be from Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. There could at least 173 flights from Delhi, Mumbai (25), Hyderabad (25) and Kochi (12), the report added. Chennai might have a lone flight from Kochi to Chennai on May 19.

Air India flights will be operated from Delhi to Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Amritsar, Vijaywada, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Lucknow, Gaya, Jaipur and few other cities.  

Flights from Mumbai will be operated to Ahmedabad, Kochi, Visakhapatnam, Bengaluru, Vijaywada and Hyderabad. There will be some fights from Bengaluru to Hyderabad, Delhi and Mumbai. Hyderabad will have flights to Delhi and Mumbai.

Speaking to The Times of India, a senior AI official said, "We are waiting for nod from the ministry of civil aviation. The schedule has been prepared as part of phase 2 of evacuation flights to bring back Indians from abroad. The government has said that domestic flights could also be included in the second schedule."

The schedule is designed for passengers arriving from abroad on rescue flights can reach their home states. It will depend on quarantine rules.

The final decision will depend on the ministry's approval. The domestic operations for flights are likely to start in a phased manner.

Once the domestic flights resume, people may book the tickets by visiting the airline website.

Speaking to the daily, a senior authority from the Airports Authority of India (AAI) said preparations were on to handle domestic flights.

Indian Railways on Monday began special trains across 15 destinations across the country.

Posted By: James Kuanal