All incoming passengers will have to compulsorily undergo a COVID-19 test followed by institutional quarantine for 14 days.
As part of its gradual reboot of air travel services in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak, all domestic flights are set to resume in India from May 25, i.e. Monday. The state government has also made a decision to allow only 25 domestic flights per day to Chennai, but not placed any restrictions on air services to Covai, Madurai and Trichy sectors.
He said that if the demand is good and the coordination with the states is good then the number of domestic flights will be increased soon. Maharashtra has allowed 25 take-offs and landings per day for the moment.
Airlines were jittery in resuming services as multiple states have put in place separate norms and conditions for quarantining passengers arriving there by domestic flights.
India registered 6,767 new cases of the coronavirus yesterday, the country's biggest 24-hour jump yet, taking the total to over 131,000.
"The first flight of Air Asia took off at 5.35 a.m.to Ranchi in Jharkhand with 173 passengers and an Indigo flight from Chennai was the first to land at 7.30 a.m.", the airport operator official told IANS here.
For the first time, the movement of passengers for departure from parking to boarding will be contactless to maintain physical distancing and avoid risk of touching any surface in the airport.
Meanwhile, different state governments have issued SOPs and guidelines for air travellers to their respective states, including 14-day home quarantine from the date of arrival.
This comes in the backdrop of the Civil Aviation Ministry allowed domestic air travel from May 25 onwards.
The confusion, however, seemed to near an end as it was announced that the Mumbai airport would deal with only 50 domestic flights per day from Monday while the Kolkata and Bagdogra airports in West Bengal will handle domestic services from May 28.
The number of novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, cases in India continues to soar, with total confirmed cases now at 1,38,845.
However, the local district/municipal administration have been authorised to give exemptions in home isolation to people contributing to an office or for other important works only after checking the passenger.
The federal health ministry yesterday asked states to design quarantine plans based on symptoms of passengers where those with moderate or severe symptoms would be taken to dedicated facilities.
Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had said all incoming passengers will be put in home quarantine for 14 days while the Bihar government said that travellers will be put on "paid quarantine" for the same period.
Persons coming on short trips (like businessmen) need not undergo any quarantine.
Several executives from a number of airlines said since Mumbai airport and Kolkata airport handle a significant share of domestic flights, the operators are expecting the Centre to clarify the "prevailing confusion" relating to quarantine. He also said minimum possible domestic flights from Maharashtra be initiated from Monday. Home quarantine for 14 days has been mandated for medical professionals, nurses, paramedical staff, sanitation personnel ambulance staff.
The Assam government said it will be putting flyers on a 14-day quarantine.