On Monday, domestic air travel resumed in India after two months of downtime caused by nationwide isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.
Flights were restored to all states and from all states of the country, except for the southern region of Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal in eastern India. Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal will resume flights on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively, said Hardeep Singh Puri, the country’s civil aviation minister quoted by CNN.
“It was important to introduce an isolation regime at an early stage so that the pandemic did not spread, but it was equally important that the restrictive measures were weakened at some stage,” Puri said.
Under the new rules, passengers with no symptoms of coronavirus will be allowed to fly in India. They should wear a face mask and have a disinfectant with them. Passengers must arrive at the airport two hours before the departure of the flight and before that check-in online. Airport check-in will not be provided. Also, passengers will be required to fill out a questionnaire to indicate their details, destination, and address of their subsequent residence, as well as upload to the gadgets the government application for tracking contacts Aarogya Setu.