New Delhi: A day after Indian Railways announced that it would gradually restart passenger train operations from Tuesday, reports have claimed that the Narendra Modi-led government is planning to resume flight operations as well in a phased manner from May 17. Also Read - Delhi Borders Open From Tomorrow For Outsiders, But COVID-19 Beds at Govt Hospitals Reserved For Delhiites
Reports have claimed that a joint team (DGCA, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security Office, Airports Authority of India, Delhi International Airport Limited, CISF) under Ministry of Civil Aviation visited Delhi airport before the resumption of flights and took a detailed note of preparedness. Also Read - Delhi Government Removes 70% 'Special Corona Fee' From Alcohol, New Prices to Come into Effect From June 10
Travelers will be asked to download the Aarogya Setu app mandatorily. Apart from that it will be compulsory for the passengers to wear face cover and undergo screening at departure and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the flights.
A couple of days ago, Union Minister of Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri had said that domestic flight operations in India might resume within a week. Speaking exclusively to Outlook Magazine, Puri said that if all goes according to plan domestic flight operations can start before May 15.
Ever since the country imposed lockdown to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, all domestic and international commercial passenger flights have been suspended. Reports claimed that aviation is among the worst-affected sectors amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.