Domestic Flights will start operating in the country from May 25 (Monday), in a calibrated manner. The bookings are expected to start from tomorrow.
The Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted that all airports and air carriers have been asked to be ready for operations from May 25. The Ministry of Civil Aviation will issue the Standard operating procedures for passenger movement through flights. Puri had previously also said that the Ministry or Centre alone can not make a decision regarding recommencement of the flights. “In the spirit of cooperative federalism, the govt of states where these flights will take off & land should be ready to allow civil aviation operations,” he tweeted
The draft standard operating procedure, for airlines included various steps to ensure social distancing like use of disposable personal protection equipments or PPEs for passengers, minimum touch points between passengers and staff, reporting at the terminal minimum two hours prior to departure, mandatory green status on ‘Aarogya Setu app’ for travel.
The stamping of boarding passes has been suspended and passengers have been asked to carry a 350-ml liquid hand sanitizer bottle in their cabin baggage.
The suspension of domestic flights was announced on March 25th in wake of the COVID-19 lockdown imposed by the Central Government, that led to grounding of all domestic flights.