Rules for domestic air travel: Here are the safety guidelines you need to follow at airports and while flying
All flight passengers, barring children below 14 years of age, need to have the Aarogya Setu app on their mobiles. Also, it is compulsory for passengers to walk through screening zone for thermal screening.
A day after announcing resumption of domestic commercial passenger flights from May 25, the Civil Aviation Ministry on Thursday issued detailed guidelines for airlines, airports, passengers and other stakeholders.
The Ministry said it will prescribe lower and upper limit on air fares and airlines will have to adhere to it "during the period of COVID-19 pandemic".
"On the day of commencement (May 25), limited operations (about one-third) would be permitted," it said.
Ministry of Civil Aviation issues general instructions for domestic travellers. Only those passengers with confirmed web check-in will be allowed to enter the airport. Passengers will be required to wear protective gear (face mask). Only one check-in bag will be allowed. pic.twitter.com/EVFrOnLgzs— ANI (@ANI) May 21, 2020
So if you are planning to take a domestic flight, here are the new rules declared by the Civil Aviation Ministry which you need to follow:
-- Passengers will have to report at airport two hours prior to their flight's scheduled departure time and only those who have done web check-in will be allowed to enter the terminal building.
-- Passengers are required to use Aarogya Setu app or self-declaration form with contact information and thermal screening are a must for entering airports.
But the COVID-19 app is not mandatory for children below 14 years of age.
-- Only one check-in bag would be allowed and airlines will not provide any meal services in flights.
-- Boarding for a flight will commence 60 minutes before departure and boarding gate will be closed 20 minutes before departure.
-- Passengers will be required to wear the protective gear (face mask).
-- One check-in bag per passenger; baggage tag to be printed online and attached to luggage.
-- No passengers from containment zones are allowed.
At the airport, baggage receipt upon drop off at counter will be confirmed via SMS to passenger's phone.
-- Bag must be dropped off at least one hour before flight.
-- Security staff must have minimum physical contact with passengers.
-- The passengers should show status of Aarogya Setu to staff. If they don't have Aarogya Setu, they need to download it right there.
-- Chairs marked 'Not For Use' should not be occupied.
-- Passengers are required to collect safety kit, mask, face shield, sanitiser near the boarding gate.
-- Passenger to scan in boarding pass near gate, show ID card to staff.
On flights, passengers should board the aircraft in sequential manner.
-- Passengers are advised to minimize use of lavatory.
-- No queuing on planes for bathrooms is allowed, only one companion can be allowed with children and elderly.
-- No meals would be served, and passengers cannot bring their own food. Water bottles should be kept on every seat.
-- No newspapers/magazines are allowed on board.
-- Upon arrival, passengers are required to wait with social distancing for baggage to arrive.
All scheduled commercial passenger flight operations have been suspended since March 25, when the Narendra Modi government announced the nationwide lockdown to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had announced on Wednesday that domestic flights will resume from May 25 in a calibrated manner.