Flight routes classified into 7 categories as domestic air travel starts from May 25

Ministry of Civil Aviation instructions for domestic Travellers in Flights

The Ministry of Civil Aviation on Thursday issued general instructions for domestic travellers. As per the instructions, only those passengers with confirmed web check-in will be allowed to enter the airport. Likewise, the passengers will be required to wear protective gear (face mask). Only one check-in bag will be allowed with the passenger.

The airlines need to inform the passengers reporting time at the airport at least two hours before the scheduled time for flight’s departure. The boarding for a flight will commence 60 minutes before the departure and the boarding gate will be closed 20 minutes before the departure, the Aviation Ministry said.

Meanwhile, the passengers would not be permitted to consume eatables inside the aircraft during the flight. No paper or magazines to be available in the aircraft. “Starting Monday – May 25, we will restart the domestic civil aviation operations in recalibrated manner,” Hardeep Singh Puri said.

He also said that “Based on our experience on opening up of domestic flights, we might have to tweak some procedures, only then we will think about international flights.” “A self-declaration or Aarogya Setu App status on a compatible device would be obtained to ensure that a passenger is free of coronavirus symptoms. Passenger with red status on Aarogya Setu App will not be allowed to travel,” he added.

“For operation from Metro to Metro cities 1/3rd capacity of approved summer schedule 2020, which is more than 33.33%. For operation from Metro to Non-metro cities and vice-versa, where weekly departures are greater than 100, 1/3rd capacity of approved summer schedule 2020,” he said. A passenger will require to wear protective gear, face mask and carry sanitizer bottle. Airlines shall not provide a meal on board. Water bottles will be made available in the gallery area or on seats, he said.

Hardeep Singh Puri also said that “The cabin crew will be required to be in full protective gear. Only one checking bag will be allowed. Passengers should report before at least 2 hours before departure time. Fares will be regulated and will be in a fixed range.” This order which is being issued on Thursday shall remain in force till 23:59 hours IST on August 24.

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Flight routes have been classified into 7

  • Flight time less than 40 minutes
  • 40 – 60 minutes
  • 60 – 90 minutes
  • 90 – 120 minutes
  • 120 – 150 minutes
  • 150 – 180 minutes
  • 180 – 210 minutes.

All routes within the country fall within these 7, Hardeep Singh Puri announced. Likewise, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Thursday issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to all its airports for the recommencement of domestic commercial flight operations from May 25.

-PTC News