created ruckus at Delhi and Mumbai Airport.
Domestic airlines started from most airports across the country from Monday after a two-month-long lockdown. But on the very first day, 80 flights were canceled from the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI Airport) of the national capital out of a total of 332 flights today. There is anger among the passengers regarding this. They have complained that the airlines canceled the flights without any prior notice.
Separate entrances for different airlines have been made from Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport to different places in the country. Along with this, food stalls have also been opened for the passengers. In this sequence, the Airports Authority of India had already issued the Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) for all airports so that certain precautions and regulations were strictly followed.
A walk in the airport
In this sequence, the first flight left for Pune in Maharashtra from here at 4.45 am today. The country’s first domestic flight arrived at Ahmedabad Airport in Gujarat at 7.45 am on Monday. Let us tell you that till ten o’clock in the morning, the landing of seven planes from Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai took place at IGI Airport.
Travel with caution
Domestic aircraft started on Monday after a long lockdown with complete vigilance and precaution. Passengers onboard the Delhi-Bhubaneswar Vistara flight used face shields for their safety. BJD MP Anubhav Mohanty, boarding the flight, said, ‘I was in Delhi from the time of the budget session. Now I am returning to my state Odisha.
Union Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Sunday announced that domestic aircraft will be launched across the country from May 25. The lockdown in India has continued since March 25 due to the novel coronavirus. Under this, all domestic aircraft were also stopped.
According to SOPs-
The Airports Authority of India had already issued SOPs for all airports under which certain precautions and regulations were strictly followed. According to SOPs, the airport has already been warned about all types of preparations. It said that the seating arrangement for the passengers should be ensured in such a way that physical distance can be followed. For this, a chair was placed among the passengers on which proper markers/tape, etc. were placed.
Separate SOPs are causing trouble for the passengers coming through flights from the states. Quarantine has become an issue in most states. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, and Chhattisgarh have started objecting to the commencement of domestic flights.
However, the Union Aviation Minister had earlier said that passengers without symptoms should be allowed to leave after checking the health bridge app.
With this, all the passengers have been asked to essentially keep the Arogya Setu app on their phones. Apart from this, such arrangements were also made at check-in counters that there could not be a crowd. The airport staff has been provided with personal protection kit (PPE), face mask, sanitizer, etc.