Mumbai's hospitals are already struggling to cope with the pandemic and would not be able to handle more infections due to the influx of people coming into the state from other states. As reported earlier, Maharashtra is especially concerned about flights coming in from Gujarat to the state.
Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri defended airlines and authorities saying that it was a commendable thing to restart the operations after 60 days of nationwide lockdown. It is a great tribute to the team, he added.
Aviation minister says sector will recover quickly as the country has a huge captive market.
The government allowed domestic airlines to start operations from Monday this week and all airlines have been operating flight as per their schedule with minimal cancellation. Market leader IndiGo has not cancelled any flight during the first three days of operation – only cancellations have happened due to the order by state governments.
Passengers, masked and gloved, in hazmat suits, had to deal with glitches and sudden rule changes.
Flyers, airlines grapple with new rules; glitches and lack of transport on day 1 of flights resumption
India’s busiest airports in Mumbai and Delhi have cancelled close to 200 flights since last night.
Lesser flights, more cancellations and quarantines await flyers as airlines start operations from today
The centre cut down more flights from the original schedule that the airlines had announced last week.
Some states are specifying their own rules for quarantining passengers while others hint at a longer ban.
As per Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, tickets will be priced under seven bands on the basis of the journey's duration, and limits will be in place till August 24. The minister said each band would have its specific lower and upper limits of air fare, and the first such band will consist of flights that are of less than 40 minutes duration.
Airport operators must make appropriate arrangements for sanitisation of a passenger's baggage before his or her entry into the terminal building, said the SOP dated May 20. The AAI manages more than 100 airports across the country. However, major airports like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad are managed by private companies.
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