No Meal, Middle Seat Won’t Be Empty & More Rules As India Open Up Its Skies

The government has noded in favour of resuming domestic flight operations in the country as the country continues to lift lockdown in a phased manner. This comes a day after the government said that it would also ferry 200 more trains to help people commute.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) on Thursday issued general instructions for domestic travellers as India is set to resume flights from May 25.

Source – BBC

In the order, the ministry said that the middle seat won’t be left vacate because even if it’s, even then the prescribed social distancing norms won’t be fulfilled. Also, leaving the middle seat empty will add 33% extra to an individual’s ticket fare.

More Rules

You can carry only one check-in bag per passenger and no meals will be served. Airlines will initially be permitted to operate at one-third the capacity of the approved summer schedule Airfares will be capped for three months till August 24.

Source – Forbes

Airlines have been asked to adhere to the lower and upper limits of fares prescribed by the Ministry. 

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For the same reason, the routes have been divided into seven sections. The first section is where flight duration is less than 40 minutes. The second section is where the duration is between 40-60 minutes. The rest all are between 60-210 minutes. On the Delhi-Mumbai route, the lower limit would be Rs 3,500 while the upper limit would be Rs 10,000.   

Vulnerable, elderly, pregant and unhealthy people are asked not to board the flight. One living in a containment zone will not be allowed to board the flight.

Aarogya Setu app is compulsory and passengers with “red” status on the Aarogya Setu app would not be permitted to travel. 

Passengers have to wear mask and gloves throughout the journey. Passengers will have to reach the airport 2 hours prior to departure for thermal screening purposes.

Only passengers whose flights are within the next four hours will be allowed to enter the terminal. 

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Passenger should travel in an authorised taxi/personal vehicle following the norms specified by the Ministry of Home Affairs. 

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