Domestic Flights resumed across India form this morning after two months of the coronavirus lockdown. Air India shall be allowed to operate non-scheduled foreign flights with middle seats booking for next 10 days', says CJI in Supreme Court while hearing an urgent petition filed by Centre & Air India against Bombay High Court order to keep middle seats vacant in flights. Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Air India are free to alter any norms it may consider appropriate during the pendency of the matter, said the Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde in the Supreme Court.
Domestic flight services resumed in India on Monday, after approximately two months of suspension due to the necessary national lockdown by the coronavirus. According to sources, the first of these flights took off from Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi today at 5 AM and landed in Pune at 6:42 AM. After more than two months of blockade, domestic passenger flights through India will resume services from today with new guidelines from the Ministry of Health and national flights from the respective state governments.
Maharashtra has allowed a few flights each day form Mumbai airport. Maharashtra government has allowed 25 takeoffs and 25 landings every day from Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport. A passenger at the airport says that her Air India flight to Delhi today has been canceled without prior notice.
Maharashtra government has allowed 25 takeoffs and 25 landings every day from Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport. A passenger at the airport says that her Air India flight to Delhi today has been cancelled without prior notice. pic.twitter.com/A5KOLtjUs6— ANI (@ANI) May 25, 2020
A large number of flights were canceled on Monday across the county. 82 flights to and from Delhi have been canceled, with angry passengers at Terminal 3 of Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport claiming they were not informed until the last minute. Airport officials said the cancellations are due to several states telling the center that previously agreed flights will not be able to operate. Delhi airport will handle a total of 125 departures and 118 arrivals today
Eight flights are arriving at Guwahati airport today, with some of them landing with full passenger capacities. All passengers will be scanned for COVID19 at the Airport. People from Assam will be segregated & send to their respective districts by buses: Assam Minister HB Sarma.
Delhi: Passengers onboard Delhi-Bhubaneswar Vistara flight were seen wearing face shields as a precautionary measure against COVDI19. BJD MP Anubhav Mohanty on— ANI (@ANI) May 25, 2020
board the flight said "I was in Delhi since the Parliament's Budget session. Now, I am returning to my state Odisha". pic.twitter.com/lFgGSZJpj8
Supreme Court allows national carrier Air India to keep operating its scheduled flights with middle seats filled for the next ten days while Bombay HC decides plea about keeping middle seats in aircraft vacant to maintain social distancing.
Some states have also put in place protocols for incoming air travelers. Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal will not restart domestic flights said civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh, Puri, on Sunday. Andhra Pradesh will start resume flights from 26 May and In West Bengal from 28th May. domestic flights between May 25 and 27 but will handle 20 flights each per day from May 28.
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