Ever since the Indian Railways resumed its services partially, there have been reports claiming that the flight operations might resume as well.
As per the recent reports, the government might allow airline companies to resume operation of domestic flights by May 19 in green zone areas. Initially, only Air India will be allowed to start domestic repatriation flights on the lines of the international Vande Bharat mission.
From yesterday i.e., May 15th, Air India has opened bookings on select repatriation flights to be operated from India to six other countries including the USA, the UK, Australia, Frankfurt, Paris and Singapore. Under the second phase of the Vande Bharat Mission, only citizens of these nations will be allowed to fly on the outbound flights. Also, the repatriation mission is expected to be extended on domestic routes.
Once after a sufficient number of repatriation flights are operated on domestic routes, other private airlines may be allowed to fly between airports that are situated in green zones.
Protocols For Flyers
Before boarding the flight, flyers will be asked to download the Aarogya Setu app mandatorily. It will be compulsory for the passengers to wear face cover and undergo screening at departure and only passengers with no symptoms will be allowed to board the flights.
Besides this, flyers will also be encouraged to carry their own food as the government has reportedly received a proposal to not provide flight catering where the journey time is not more than two hours.