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Checklist for domestic air travel from May 25

22 May 2020 by Sanchita Nambiar
Aviation

Indian carriers including Air India, Indigo, Vistara, Goair and Spicejet have reopened bookings for domestic flights on their respective platforms.

Air India tweeted:

As per Civil Aviation Ministry’s recent directive, only 1/3rd domestic flight capacity of the approved summer schedule will be permitted to operate from May 25. The provisional summer schedule for domestic flights can be viewed here.

The Tata-SIA airline Vistara announced that will be operating a reduced network for the next few weeks, connecting 24 cities across the country.

Vistara’s chief executive officer, Leslie Thng said, “Aviation is a growth engine for the economy and resumption of air travel will give great impetus to the government’s overall efforts in helping the country eventually return to normalcy.

“We thank the government for taking this step and for their consultative approach in putting together the new SOPs/guidelines for all stakeholders in the aviation sector.”

Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India has issued guidelines that need to be followed by passengers from origin to airport; while boarding, inside aircraft and from airport to destination.

Do’s (From origin to the airport)

  • Ensure web check-in and get a boarding pass.
  • Download baggage tag/identification number, print it and affix it on the bag. In case, you are unable to download the tag, mention the PNR number along with your name on a thick piece of paper and affix it with a strong string.
  • Passengers need to travel in an authorised taxi/personal vehicle following the norms prescribed by the Ministry of Home Affairs. Make digital payments.
  • Certify your health status through Aarogya Setu app or a self-declaration form.
  • Before entering the terminal, wear a mask or face cover.

Do’s (While boarding)

  • Passengers need to collect safety kit (three-layered surgical mask and sanitiser) from the airline near the boarding gate.
  • Wear a mask and sanitise before proceeding to the boarding gate for boarding pass scanning.
  • Be attentive to the boarding announcement and be in the boarding queue while social distancing.
  • Display of identity cards is mandatory and check-in will be done by the passenger through self-scanning of e-boarding pass.

Do’s (Onboard)

  • Face to face interaction to be minimised.
  • Limit the use of lavatory and avoid non-essential movement in the aisle. No queuing outside the lavatory and only one companion for children and elderly would be allowed.
  • No meal service onboard. Water bottles to be made available in the galley area or on the seats. Eatables not to be consumed during the flight.
  • No newspaper/magazine will be available. No onboard sale of items.
  • If the passenger feels uncomfortable, fatigued or has respiratory distress, it should be brought to immediate notice of the crew.

Do’s (Airport to destination)

  • The disembarkation from the aircraft would be sequential.
  • Social distance/sanitisation to be maintained at the arrival gate, aerobridges, coaches, jet ladders and ramps etc.
  • Trolleys in the arrival area to be used sparingly.
  • Passengers to wait at the baggage hold area until baggage arrives in batches.
  • Transit passenger will not be allowed to come out of the transit area.
  • Passengers to hire only authorised taxis to the destination.
  • On arrival, the passenger needs to follow health protocols prescribed by the destination state/Union territory.
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