Passengers will have to web check-in and will not be allowed to carry luggage inside the aircraft cabin except for a laptop or a purse. Also,
will have to provide a mask, face shield and sanitizers to passengers at the time of boarding, it is learnt.
Although discussed earlier, the new norms don’t talk about keeping the middle seat vacant to ensure social distancing.
India grounded domestic air transport starting March 24, a day before the lockdown
came into effect, to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
International flights, which were stopped on March 22, remain shut.
Puri’s tweet caught airlines
and airports off guard as they were preparing to resume operations from June 1. But, later in the evening civil aviation secretary held a meeting with chief executive officers of airlines
to discuss service resumption plans.
A senior government official said flights would be allowed to all cities irrespective of whether they were in red or green zone. An earlier plan of resuming flights only between cities in green zones didn’t work as airlines dismissed it as unviable.
According to a Maharashtra government official, the state hasn’t yet decided to relax any lockdown
guidelines in Mumbai as cases continue to surge.
“The government ideally should have given more time for a resumption. Slot filings have just started. These need to get approved. Only then we can open for sale. We are left with just two days. There is no clarity yet if we can fly to all cities,” an airline executive said.
A source said only 35 per cent of flights would be allowed on metro routes in the first phase in order to maintain social distancing across airports. Airlines may be permitted to fly 50 per cent of flights between metros and non-metros. Delhi Airport, which usually has more than 60 aircraft movements per hour, would allow only 14 flights per hour, he pointed out.
Initially, airports will operate for a limited period in a day to make time for sanitisation of terminals.
Persons above 80 years of age will not be allowed to fly during the first phase, an official said. Wearing mask will be compulsory in airports as well as for the entire duration of any flight.
Airlines--many on the brink of bankruptcy--welcomed the government decision to open up air traffic. “We will be resuming flight operations from Monday, May 25, 2020, in a phased manner. We are fully prepared with safety measures for Covid-19 across all our passenger and cargo interfaces during their journey with us. We will share further details and guidelines for passengers, in line with the advisory from the authorities over the next few days,” the largest private airline IndiGo
said in a statement.
CEO Ajay Singh said the resumption of air transport would go a long way in lifting the overall economic sentiment in the country.
is all geared up to resume operations post lockdown
and is committed to provide the highest level of cleanliness and a safe, secure and healthy flying experience to its passengers and staff,’’ he said.
The airline would strictly adhere to the social distancing norms and SOPs laid down by the government to ensure the best, the cleanest and the most sanitised flying experience, he added.
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