India will resume domestic commercial flights from May 25 as part of a continuing relaxation of its lockdown to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, said a report.
The resumption of internal flights, exactly two months after they were suspended, was announced in a tweet by India’s Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri this evening, news agency WAM reported.
"Domestic civil aviation operations will recommence in a calibrated manner. All airports and air carriers are being informed to be ready for operations from May 25. Standard Operating Procedures for passenger movement are also being separately issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation," Puri announced.
Further details of the arrangements, which will bring relief to thousands of passengers stranded across India by the sudden suspension of flights, will be released by Puri tomorrow afternoon at a press conference, the report said.
These include Covid-19-mandated new rules and regulations such as mandatory social distancing at airports, changes to security procedures, use of face masks and other personal protective equipment by passengers and employees. Some form of health checks may also be introduced.
The Airports Authority of India indicated in a communication to airport managers to expect flights at 30 per cent capacity to facilitate social distancing, the report said.