Domestic air travel to resume from Monday

Domestic air travel to resume from Monday

Civil Aviation Ministry issues guidelines for airlines, airports

Minimum fare Rs 3,500 for a journey between 90 to 120 minutes

New Delhi, May 22: Civil Aviation Minister has announced that domestic civil Aviation operations will restart from Monday in a calibrated manner.

The flight operations were suspended from 25th of March due to the imposition of lockdown.

Addressing a news conference here  Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, “The domestic flight operation will resume to a limited extent of required and approved summer schedule”.

The Minister said, for a journey between 90 to 120 minutes the minimum fare will be  Rs 3,500 and maximum would be Rs 10,000. “In case of Delhi- Mumbai flight, Rs 3,500 will be the minimum fare and maximum will be Rs 10,000 which will be operative till 11:59 PM on August 24”.

He said, there will be no physical check-in at airport and only web check-in will be allowed. “A self-declaration or Aarogya Setu App status on a compatible device would be obtained to ensure that a passenger is free of COVID-19 symptoms. Passengers with red status on Aarogya Setu App will not be allowed to travel. Passengers will have to wear face mask and carry sanitizer bottles,” he said.

Puri said, “For flight operations, one-third capacity of approved summer schedule 2020 will be allowed to operate. The Ministry has divided the air routes in 7 sections based on flight duration.

The Civil Aviation Minister also said, “The evacuation of stranded Indian from various countries under the Vande Bharat Mission is going on smoothly. The Government of India has brought back more than 20,000 of Indian citizens from various countries. The priority is being given to evacuate those who are stranded genuinely or in distress” he said.