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Aaviation regulator DGCA on Thursday issued seven bands of ticket pricing with lower and upper fare limits – Rs 2,000 and Rs 6,000, respectively. The lower and upper limits for these bands are: Rs 2,500-Rs 7,500; Rs 3,000-Rs 9,000; Rs 3,500-Rs 10,000; Rs 4,500-Rs 13,000; Rs 5,500-Rs 15,700 and Rs 6,500-Rs 18,600, respectively, the DGCA said. Also Read - 5G Deployment: Air India to Commence Normal Operations to US From Friday. Details Here

(Schedule: DGCA via CNBC)

The decision comes after the MHA lifted restrictions from domestic flight activities during lockdown 4.0 and the civil aviation ministry gave a go-ahead to all domestic airlines to start their operations from May 25. On Thursday, the Airports Authority of India issued a standard operating protocol for airports, while the civil aviation ministry issued COVID-specific guidelines for airlines and passengers.

Quick guidelines

1. Only passengers with confirmed web check-in can enter an airport, no physical check-in at airport counters

2. Only passengers with confirmed web check-in can enter the airport, no physical check-in at airport counters

3. Airlines to adhere to the lower and upper limit of fares prescribed by govt during COVID-19 pandemic period

4. Boarding for a flight will commence 60 minutes before departure and boarding gate will be closed 20 minutes before departure

5. No newspaper, magazine allowed on board

6. No queuing up in front of the lavatory