Domestic flights in the country will resume operations from May 25, two months after the services were suspended following the nationwide lockdown imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Puri on Wednesday announced that operations will recommence in a "calibrated manner" from Monday.
"All airports and air carriers are being informed to be ready for operations from 25th May.Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for passenger movement are also being separately issued by civil aviation ministry," he tweeted.
As per the standard operating procedure (SOP) to airport operators, Aarogya Setu app will not be mandatory for children below 14 years of age. As per the new rules, passengers will have to reach the airport two hours in advance for compulsory thermal screening of passengers before they enter the terminal. "Passengers shall compulsorily walk through screening zone for thermal screening at a designated place in the city side before entering the terminal building," the AAI said.
Airport operators must make appropriate arrangements for sanitisation of a passenger's baggage before his or her entry into the terminal building, said the SOP dated May 20.
Highlights of the SOP that has to be followed by airport operators for resumption of domestic flights:
- Passengers will have to reach airport two hours in advance of flight time
- Passengers should wear masks and gloves
- Only those whose flight is in the next four hours will be allowed to enter terminal building
- Passengers to undergo thermal screening before entering terminal building
- Those that don't show 'green' on Aarogya Setu will not be allowed to enter airport
- Trolley use to be avoided. Will be available to a select few passengers on request basis
- Sanitisation of baggage before entry into terminal
- Mats soaked in bleach to be placed at entry for disinfection of shoes
- At passenger touchpoints, staff to either wear face shields behind counter or put glass wall at counter
- Constant announcements about social distancing and other norms
- Boarding and deplaning in batches to maintain social distance
- All airport staff to wear PPEs and hand sanitisers for staff and passenger
- The AAI manages more than 100 airports across the country. However, major airports like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad are managed by private companies.