It is going to be two months since the time domestic flights have been stopped. But come May 25, commercial flights can commence again. Hardeep Singh Puri took to Twitter and wrote — “Domestic Civil Aviation operations will recommence in a calibrated manner from Monday 25th, May 2020. All airports & carriers are being informed to be ready for operations from 25th May. SOPs for passenger movement are also being separately issued by the aviation ministry.” Bookings for domestic flights are going to start from Thursday. But no word on the commencement of international flights has come out from any of the officials.
Aviation Ministry to Put Fare Caps on Domestic Flights
Aviation Ministry is going to put fare caps on domestic flights. It will determine both the highest and lowest fare. This is to ensure that airlines do not charge more than what they should and they should also not charge less than what they should for surviving in the competition. As of now, middle seats are going to be filled with passengers to ensure that costs do not drive up significantly for passengers and at the same time, everyone has come to terms with the fact that leaving middle seats does not really do anything.
1/3rd of the Domestic Flights to Operate Initially
This summer, only 1/3rd of the domestic flights will see the sky. This is to ensure that things start slowly and can be controlled if need be. The new normal for the airports that you are likely to see is reaching airports two hours before your scheduled flight so a thorough health check for you can take place. Then you will be screened thermally while entering and exiting the airport. Airports Authority of India (AAI) had earlier said that passengers will mandatorily need to install the Aarogya Setu app in their smartphones and their status should reflect green, that is only when they will be allowed to board the aircraft. CISF won’t be stamping on the boarding passes anymore and you must keep a printed form of your flight ticket. Now passengers are allowed to carry 350ml hand-sanitiser with them to the aircraft.