No hand luggage, restricted travel for those above the age of 80 and suspension of meals and on-board sales, these are some of the guidelines being considered by the government as it prepares to re-open skies for flights.
Union Minister for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri on May 20 announced that domestic flight operations will resume in a calibrated manner from May 25 onward. The standard operating procedure (SOP) for the movement of passengers is expected to be out soon.
The domestic civil aviation operations are thus set to recommence a few days before the ongoing lockdown ends on May 31.
Industry executives had earlier said the Ministry of Civil Aviation had asked airlines for suggestions on the standard operating procedure, once flights resume. These SOPs are for the movement of passengers inside the terminal, boarding, and in-flight services. These will ensure social distancing and hygiene.
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"The SOP is detailed and will have important instructions for all stakeholders - airport operators, airlines and passengers," a senior executive from the industry told Moneycontrol.
Passengers, for instance, may be asked to download the Aarogya Setu app and will need to wear masks, gloves and even cover their shoes. If they don't have these, they may be required to buy them. Passengers may risk being denied boarding if they don't wear personal protection equipment.
For airport operators:1. Not to allow visitors into terminal/forecourt area.
5. Markings and seat separations to maintain social distancing.