How key airports plan to resume flight ops | India News

May 24, 2020

NEW DELHI: Indian skies will reopen for domestic passenger flights starting Monday with airports opening in all states except Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, announced civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Sunday night . Domestic flights will begin in Andhra on May 26 and in Bengal on May 28.
In a series of tweets, Puri said that following”a long day of hard negotiations with various state governments”, recommence civil aviation operations will start in the country on May 25.
However, he said, “Starting tomorrow, there will be limited flights from Mumbai & as per approved ⅓ schedule from other airports in the state.”

Here’s how states plan to resume flight operations:

* Mumbai airport is set to reopen on May 25 but will handle only 50 domestic flights per day. The state government said the number of flights will increase gradually.
* Hyderabad airport will handle 30 domestic flights per day from Monday.
* Goa Airport will resume operations with 15 flights expected on Monday.
* Tamil Nadu: Maximum 25 flights per day allowed to arrive in Chennai from Monday; no limit on the number of departures.
* West Bengal: Bagdogra and Kolkata airports will not handle any domestic flights between May 25-27. Both the airports will handle 20 flights per day May 28 onwards.
* Andhra Pradesh: Vijayawada and Vizag airports will not operate any domestic flights on Monday; services on these airports will begin from Tuesday.
Earlier, the Union health ministry issued guidelines for domestic travel, advising passengers to download the Aarogya Setu application on their mobile devices and asking states to ensure thermal screening at departure point of airports, railway stations and bus terminals.

Meanwhile, many states expressed serious reservations about the Centre’s decision to start flight services. Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Bihar, Punjab, Assam and Andhra Pradesh have announced their respective quarantine measures for passengers arriving at their airports.

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