India to allow some domestic flights from May 25

India domestic air travel to resume May 25 after virus shutdown

India domestic air travel to resume May 25 after virus shutdown

The Home Ministry said, detailed guidelines for operation of airports and air travel of passengers will be issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

The day after Union Minister for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri announced that domestic passenger flights would resume from 25 May in a calibrated manner, aviation stocks on Thursday rallied up to 10 percent in opening trade. "In the spirit of cooperative federalism, the govt of states where these flights will take off & land should be ready to allow civil aviation operations (sic.)", Puri tweeted.

Airlines including IndiGo, the country's largest carrier by market share, SpiceJet Ltd, Vistara, a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines and state-run carrier Air India were forced to ground planes from March 25.

Passengers will have to go through thermal screening and all passengers above 14 must-have downloaded Aarogya Setu in their mobiles.

According to him, the Ministry will soon announce the standard operating procedure for the air travel.

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Domestic passenger flights will resume from Monday "in a calibrated manner", the government said today. Sources told BusinessLine that all the airports in the country will be connected and that about one-third of the flights will be allowed to operate.

"It's not viable to keep the middle seat vacant".

Bookings for domestic flights, which are scheduled to be operated from May 25, are likely to open on Thursday.

Airport authorities are also in talks with cab aggregators on a "sticker system" to indicate that the vehicle is ready and sanitized for passenger use.

India has more than 100,000 cases and more than 3,300 people have died.

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