Government Shares New Guidelines For Air Travel; Meals To Be Allowed In Flights

The centre has issued a revised Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for domestic and international air travel. 

The new guidelines allow airlines to serve pre-packed meals, beverages onboard domestic flights. In fact, international carriers can now also serve hot meals and alcohol.

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Additionally, airlines can now allow passengers to use the in-flight entertainment.


The official order was shared on the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s website.

Previously, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, domestic airlines were not allowed to provide any refreshments. International flight carriers were only permitted minimum catering, i.e., pre-packaged food placed on passenger seats before boarding.

Below are the details from the new SOP for airlines: 

Domestic flights

  • Airlines are allowed to serve pre-packed snacks/meals/beverages as per their policy and according to flight duration.
  • Tray set-up, plates and cutlery will be disposable in all classes. 
  • Beverages will also be served in disposable containers. Pouring service will remain suspended. 
  • The crew will wear a new set of gloves for every meal/beverage service.
  • Airlines can allow in-flight entertainment for passengers. 
  • The entertainment systems need to be cleaned and disinfected prior to boarding.
  • All passengers should be provided with disposable earphones or cleaned and disinfected headphones. 

International Flights

  • All airlines, private aircraft and charter flights can now serve hot meals and limited beverages.
  • Tray set-up, plates and cutlery will be disposable in all classes.  
  • Beverages, including alcohol, will be served in disposable glasses, and no pouring service will be available. 
  • The crew is instructed to wear a fresh set of gloves for every meal or beverage service.
  • Airlines can now allow passengers to use the in-flight entertainment. 
  • All the screens and systems will have to be cleaned and disinfected prior to boarding.
  • Passengers will be given disposable earphones or cleaned and disinfected headphones.

If you are keen to travel soon, don’t forget to follow all the essential precautions. Stay safe!