Airlines sources said that Gaikwad had booked tickets for travelling between Delhi and Mumbai on April 17 and a return trip on April 24, both of which have been cancelled.
The development came a day after he wrote a letter to Aviation Minister A. Gajapathi Raju expressing ‘regrets’ over the March 23 fracas on Pune-Delhi flight AI 852.
Cancelling his tickets, the national carrier referred it as a “possible passenger match with Blacklist entry” and it would be treated as ‘No Valid Ticket’.
Admitting that the ban on him in the past 14 days is “affecting the effective discharge of my duties and responsibilities” the minister urged for the restrictions on his flight to be revoked.
Since the ban, Gaikwad has been compelled to travel by train or road depending on his engagements, keeping away from the media glare.