Amid mounting concerns over the novel coronavirus pandemic, the government has decided to suspend operations of all domestic flights from Wednesday.
“The airlines will have to land all their domestic passenger flights at destinations by 11.59 pm on Tuesday,” said a statement issued by the Aviation Ministry.
However, operations of domestic cargo flights will continue as normal.
The government had already suspended all international flights for a week from Sunday.
Earlier in the day, aviation regulator DGCA had clarified on Twitter that all cargo flights— domestic and international—can operate as usual.
India has already stopped train services, interstate buses and metros in major cities in order to restrict travel in the wake of the outbreak.
COVID cases in India rose to 415, the health ministry said, as much of the country locked down on Monday with the Centre warning of legal action against those violating the restrictions enforced to curtail the pandemic, which has claimed more than 14,500 lives globally. In India, seven people have died due to the disease.