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Centre Government allows 1/3rd domestic flight capacity

Central Government gave permissions for one-third capacity in domestic flights. This will be operational from May 25. In a general set of guidelines for passengers and stakeholders issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Centre said: “On the day of commencement, limited operations (about l/3rd) would be permitted.”

The advisory was also mentioned for the vulnerable class such as elderly citizens, pregnant women or people with severe health issues to avoid air travel.

No physical check-in counters to work in the airports. Only those passengers with confirmed web check-in shall be allowed to enter the airport. Airlines gave to keep in mind the upper and lower fares as directed by the ministry during the pandemic. This will be there for the three months starting from May 25.

“We have set a minimum and a maximum fare. In the case of Delhi, Mumbai the minimum fare would be Rs 3,500 for a journey between 90-120 minutes. The maximum fare would be Rs 10,000. This is operative for three months — till one minute to midnight on August 24,” said Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.

The ministry said that 40 per cent seats in flights would have to be sold at mid-point of lower and upper airfare limit set for the route. They have divided routes in seven sections for fare control. The first section of flight duration is less than 40 minutes.

“The cabin crew will be required to be in full protective gear. Only one check-in bag will be allowed. Passengers should report at least two hours before the departure time.” “A passenger will be required to wear protective gear, face mask and carry sanitiser bottle. Airlines shall not provide the meal on board. Water bottles will be made available in the gallery area or on seats,” Puri said. “Passengers with red status on Aarogya Setu App will not be allowed to travel,” he added.

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