With new air bubbles in place and increased connectivity on domestic routes, flight operations continue to soar in the country. Therefore, the need for taking strict precautions against COVID-19 is now stronger than ever.
Keeping this in mind, two major airports in the country have begun offering new facilities that will greatly enhance the safety of travellers flying during the pandemic. Along with this, two popular Indian airlines have also implemented an important new change keeping passenger safety in mind.
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1. Delhi Airport Extends Airport COVID-19 Testing Facility to All Departing Passengers
Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) started the COVID-19 testing facility at the airport on September 12, which was earlier available only for international arrivals. Now, the airport has extended this facility so that all domestic and international passengers taking their flights from IGIA can get themselves tested for coronavirus right before their departure.
For this, passengers will need to come to the airport around 6 hours before their flight. The test is priced at Rs.2400 and will give results in 4-6 hours.
2. Hyderabad Airport Launches India’s First Contactless e-Boarding Facility for International Passengers
Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) has launched a new facility that will make boarding for international passengers contactless. With this, passengers can travel virtually paperless and avoid all queues and waiting time.
For this, passengers will have to follow a few simple steps at the airport. The first step will involve showing the boarding pass to enter the airport. The next steps would involve completing the immigration process and scanning the boarding pass at an e-boarding kiosk.
Following this, passengers can place their hand baggage in a sanitized tray on the conveyor belt while they move for the security check. The final step would be at the boarding gate, where passengers can scan the boarding card on the e-boarding scanner and move towards the gates to board their flight.
3. SpiceJet to Charge Passengers Rs.100 for Check-in at the Airport Counters
To encourage web check-in, SpiceJet announced that it will be charging passengers Rs.100 as a facilitation fee for check-in at the airports. The move comes soon after IndiGo made a similar announcement a few days back.
To avoid this facilitation charge, passengers can opt for web check-in to obtain their boarding pass for free up to 60 minutes before the departure of their flight. Web check-in is also advised by the government as a precautionary measure for flyers against COVID-19.
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