NEW DELHI: India, in a mood to cohabit with coronavirus as it fails to perish, is resuming public activities one by one — after a paralysis of about two months. Domestic flights will start operations from Monday, May 25. The railways have already started special services ferrying passengers across the country, and scheduled operations will resume by June 1.
For flights, Standard Operations Procedures (SOPs) for airports have been announced by the Civil Aviation Ministry. Among other stipulations, passengers booked on flights will have to pass through a thermal screening system before entering the airport building. They have to be wearing masks — which anyway is the norm across the board now.
The flights remained suspended after the announcement on March 24 about the lockdown of the nation by Prime Minister Modi.
Passengers, other than those below 14 years, must have Arogya Setu app on their mobile phones. The app must show green light, which is the clearance that they can go ahead.
Passengers should be reaching the airport two hours in advance. This is to enable airport security to have the passengers through the new checks, with social distancing as central norm. Passengers can reach airport upto four hours in advance.
Only personal vehicles or select cab services will be allowed into the airport premises. Trolley will not be allowed into the into the arrival or departure sections, unless specially allowed.
Meanwhile, bus services as also taxi and autorickshaw services have resumed in non-containment zones, even as the fourth phase of the extended lockdown is on up until May 31. IHN-NN
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