No food will be served in domestic flights of less than 2 hours duration: Aviation Ministry

Civil Aviation Ministry announced that no foods will be served in flight of duration of less than 2 hours to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections.

On Monday, April 12, Ministry of Civil Aviation released circular on the serving of means in the domestic flights. Ministry announced that no foods will be served in flight of duration of less than 2 hours to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections.

Considering the surge of COVID-19 cases , Ministry has decided to review onboard meal services in domestic flight of operations.

As per new amended provisions, Airlines may serve pre-packed snacks/meals/pre-packed beverages as per the policy of the airlines with condition of use of disposable plates, tray set-up and cutlery with no use. Used rotables shall be throughly cleaned and disinfected before re-use.

The order also adds that tea/coffee/alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage services will be in disposable cans/containers/bottles/glasses. There will be no facilities of pouring services. The crew shall wear a fresh set of gloves for every meal and beverage service.

The passengers would be informed of the above practices for strict compliance before the start of catering services by way of passenger announcements.

The servicing of inflight meals to be staggered among the adjacent seats as far as possible. This amendment would come into effect from April 15, 2021.

In the last 24 hours, India reported 1,68,912 new COVID-19 cases and reached the milestone of highest single day surge and 75,086 patients got discharge, while 904 people died of this deadly virus. Total active cases in India is now around  12 lakhs.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected state in the country followed by Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka.

India has managed to administer 10,45,28,565 COVID-19 vaccines as of Monday morning. As per an update shared by the Health Ministry, 1.29 crore individuals have received the second dose of the vaccines.

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