As major cities including Delhi, Pune, Mumbai and Bangalore are under lockdown till March 31 and domestic air travel has been suspended, Google searches regarding domestic flights have spiked astronomically in the country.
According to the new orders, only good trains will run and inter-state bus travel has also been suspended. The Ministry of Civil Aviation also announced that no domestic commercial airlines shall fly with effect from the midnight of March 24 till the midnight of March 31.
Since the new orders, the Google searches regarding flight travel, cancellation, and the window of the travel time have spiked. ‘midnight,’, flight status’, and ‘helpline’ was the top trending search on Google in India. The travel time has created confusion among people.
Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) has suspended all operations at Terminal 3, which handles all international flights, till March 29. This comes after Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced complete lockdown in the national capital until 31 March in wake of coronavirus outbreak.
The Delhi Airport tweeted, “Passengers of the last international arriving flight have now exited the airport. Operations at T3 international arrivals will remain suspended till 0531 hours of March 29, 2020.”