In a new order, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has allowed airlines to serve meals on all domestic flights. The Ministry has also permitted magazines and other reading material on all flights.
Meal services had previously been prohibited for short duration flights in order to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
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Now as per the new order, “The airlines, operating flights on domestic sectors may provide meal services on board, without restriction on duration of the flight,”.
The order also specifies that the decision to resume meals and magazines comes in the wake of “proper implementation of appropriate COVID behaviour protocol”:
After the careful evaluation of the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, MoCA has decided to relax the guidelines for air travel. As per the ATFC recommendations, guidelines related to inflight meal, middle seat wrap-around gown etc are now relaxed. Take a look. pic.twitter.com/YdhSxGzLlS
— MoCA_GoI (@MoCA_GoI) November 17, 2021
The new guidelines have come into effect immediately.
It must be noted that the Ministry has been imposing and relaxing restrictions on flight services and capacities as the pandemic situation evolves. Just last month, scheduled domestic flight operations were restored to 100% capacity.
The resumption of meal services is definitely a welcome move for travellers!