Minister of Civil Aviation Hardeep Puri drops hints on resuming international air travel

Hardeep Singh Puri, minister of civil aviation just dropped a major hint regarding the recommencement of international flights. In a Facebook live interaction Mr. Puri revealed that the government is planning to resume this service before August.

He said, “We will try to start a good percentage of international passenger flights before August, If by then, not full international aviation, then definitely a good percentage of international flights will run.  If the situation eases and we are able to make preparations, we must have an ambitious goal by mid June. There’s no contradiction between domestic flights beginning from May 25 and lockdown in India being imposed till May 3.”

On being asked the exact date, the minister said “I can’t put a date on it (restarting international flights). But if somebody says can it be done by August or September, my response is why not earlier depending on what is the situation.”

He said that those passengers having green status on the Arogya Setu app need not go under quarantine. The green status indicates that the person has no travel history to any containment person.

Videh Jaipuriar, Chief Executive Officer of Delhi International Airport Limited welcomes the decision of government to restart domestic flights. He feels that people should learn to live with coronavirus as flights are the safest modes to go places in these times. He said that the airport has taken several measures to ensure zero-contact boarding of passengers like using scan and fly kiosks at the terminal.

The new guidelines for flying include:

Reach 2 hours prior to the departure time of the flight.
Aarogya Setu app mandatory.
Thermal screening at entrance.
No check-in on counters.
Only web check-in.
Safety kits including sanitizers, masks and face shield to be issued to passengers.
Minimum use of lavatory.
One check-in and cabin baggage allowed.
No in-flight means, newspapers.

All the flights were suspended because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic since March 25. Domestic flights will be resumed from May 25.

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