Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Wednesday domestic scheduled commercial passenger flights will resume in a calibrated manner from May 25, two months after the services were shut due to coronavirus.
Exactly two months after the government of India imposed a nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus, domestic flight operations are set to resume again. Union Minister for Civil Aviation Hardeep Puri on Twitter announced that India will start domestic flight operations in a “calibrated manner” from May 25.
“All airports and air carriers are being informed to be ready for operations from May 25,” he added.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation will soon be announcing the standard operating procedure for domestic air travel.
The civil aviation minister had previously said that India is fully prepared to start air travel as soon as the Centre gives the green light.
Airports across various parts in the country including have started introducing fresh measures to keep travelers protected from the deadly coronavirus.
HOW WILL AIR TRAVEL CHANGE?
Filling up a detailed questionnaire related to Covid-19, carrying no cabin baggage, using the Aarogya Setu app, and reaching the airport at least two hours before a flight departure might well be among the requirements for air passengers during the initial phase after the resumption of commercial flights.
Union minister Hardeep Puri had previously outlined some of the changes that will be witnessed in air travel keeping in mind Covid-19 precautions. “Now we won’t be able to permit queues at airports. Maybe you will have to print your boarding pass from home and passengers may have to arrive at the airport before the scheduled time. Even several airport procedures may have to be reduced. We may allow just one bag per person. The meal service also might be restricted. We have developed a strategy and will finalize this soon,” he had explained.
Cabin crew members of Indian airlines will have personal protective equipment (PPE) like face shields, gowns, and masks as part of their attire on commercial passenger flights when they resume operations, industry sources said.
India has been under lockdown since March 25 to curb the spread of coronavirus. All commercial passenger flights have remained suspended for this period.
However, cargo flights, medical evacuation flights, and special flights to repatriate Indian citizens had been operating during this period.
Earlier this month, in communication with airport managers across the country, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) asked all airports to be in preparedness to handle flight operations.