Domestic flights resume across India after two months

New Delhi (NVI): After two months of shutdown amid nationwide lockdown, domestic passenger flight operations resumed in the country today with strict Covid measures in place at the airports as well as in the flights.

Indigo’s Delhi-Pune and Mumbai-Patna flights were the first to take off.

Most of the states in the country have given approval for the flights to operate, the two exceptions being Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.

Andhra Pradesh will start flight operations from 26 May, and West Bengal from 28 May.

Various states have also put in place protocols for incoming air travelers.

Of approximately 380 flights that were scheduled for today in Delhi, 82 were already cancelled by afternoon. More than 20 flights were also called off in Bengaluru.

New rules for domestic travel during the lockdown were released by the government yesterday. The passengers were advised to download the Aarogya Setu App on their mobile devices and asking states to ensure thermal screening at departure point of airports.

In addition to this, some states have decided to put passengers in mandatory institutional quarantine while several others have talked about putting them under home quarantine.

All scheduled commercial passenger flights have been suspended since March 25 when the government imposed a nationwide lockdown to curb the coronavirus pandemic.