Domestic Air Travel Recommencement: Here’s all you need to know!

The Ministry of Civil Aviation had announced the recommencement of domestic air travel yesterday evening. In a press meeting today, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri along with other officials gave more information about the precautions, fares, and requirements for passengers traveling within the country.

The civil aviation operations are to begin from 25th May and the issued guidelines will be in effect until midnight of 24th August. Initially, only 1/3rd of the operations will be allowed. In the future, depending upon the experience of airport authorities and the impact of the relaxations, the capacity may be increased.

Other guidelines about travel to and from the airport as well as within the airport are as follows:

  • All the passengers are required to ensure web check-in 
  • The Aarogya Setu app must be downloaded on the passenger’s phone and no passenger in a red zone will be allowed to travel. In case of unavailability of the Aarogya Setu app, the passenger will have to fill a self-declaration form.
  • Passengers are also required to wear face-mask and carry a sanitizer bottle.
  • Only one check-in bag and one hand baggage will be allowed.
  • Passengers will have to reach the airport 2 hours prior to departure.
  • Consumption of eatables on the flight is prohibited.
  • Travel to and from the airports has to be done through authorized taxis only.

To ensure that with the pent-up demand and limited (1/3rd) supply the fares do not skyrocket, the ministry has set a minimum and maximum limit on airfares. The routes have been divided in 7 categories on the basis of travel time for the fare control. They are flights with duration:

  1. < 40 min
  2. 40 min – 60 min
  3. 60 min – 90 min
  4. 90 min- 120 min
  5. 120 min -150 min
  6. 150 min – 180 min
  7. 180 min – 210 min

The airfares cannot be market-determined in such scenarios, therefore the ministry has decided to set an upper and lower limit for the airfares for each of these categories. For example, on the Mumbai-Delhi route the minimum fare would be ₹3500, and the maximum would be ₹10000. 

40% of seats are to be sold at the midpoint of the price range.  in the case of the Delhi-Mumbai route, it would be ₹6500. These figures are excluding taxes and other airport charges.

More information for the passengers can be found here.

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