The government has allowed airlines to resume flights from Monday (May 25th) onwards. After the two months of lockdown there is resume in domestic airlines in India but there will be restrictions and strict procedures.
Only one-third of pre-lockdown capacity flights will run while following the standard operating procedures issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
New Rules to be followed by Passengers:
- Fliers are allowed to carry only one baggage item with limited weight.
- Passengers must wear masks and gloves.
- Check-in online.
- Those passengers that don’t show ‘green’ on Aarogya Setu app will not be allowed to enter airport.
- Reach the airport two hours in advance for compulsory thermal screening process before entering the terminal.
- Passengers have to stand at marked designated areas at every place from check-in counters to food & beverage outlets.
Key guidelines for airports/airlines:
- At entry, place the mats soaked in bleach for disinfection of shoes.
- At passenger touch points, staff need to either wear face shields behind counter or put glass wall at counter.
- Constant announcements about social distancing at the airport.
- Batch wise boarding and deplaning to maintain social distance.
- All airport staff to wear PPEs.
- Clean and sanitize the lavatories after every one hour of flight.
- It is must to sanitize the baggage before entry into terminal.
The Airport staff has been trained to follow the minimum-touch procedure and maintain social distancing. It can be helpful in limiting the risks. Further the people such as very elderly, pregnant women or passengers with health issues should avoid air travel.