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Domestic flights in India to resume from May 25

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Domestic flights to resume on May 25 Civil Aviation Minister

In an unprecedented measure to check the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus disease, operations of domestic scheduled commercial airlines had been suspended on March 25. "Standard Operating Procedures for passenger movement are also being separately issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation", Puri announced. Passengers also have to make their contact details available to the airlines whenever required by them.

The news of resuming domestic travel comes day after Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri advised the Central government to go for "cooperative federalism", saying planes should not be landed in states without the approval of the state governments.

It was one of the first countries to impose heavy travel restrictions, including suspending most visas and eventually stopping all worldwide flights.

Passengers are expected to get to the airport two hours ahead of their flights, must "compulsorily" undergo thermal screening and will have to show officials that they are marked as "safe" on Aarogya Setu, India's Covid-19 contact tracing app.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) had earlier this month had the airports and airport managers to be prepared to handle flight operations.

Only selected cab services and personal vehicles will be allowed to take passengers to the airport or pick up from it.

People will have to get on and off aircraft sequentially and in batches, so as to maintain social distancing.

"It's not viable to keep the middle seat vacant".

Yesterday, the minister had tweeted that it was not upto the central government alone to decide on when domestic flights could restart.

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