Passengers to arrive at airport at least two hours in advance


New Delhi (UNI)

Domestic passenger flights, suspended due to Coronavirus (Covid19) pandemic, are resuming from May 25 with many new guidelines including passengers to arrive at airport at least two hours before flight time and use the Arogya Setu App becoming necessary. Sources said that the standard operating procedure (SOP) for airports make it mandatory for passengers to arrive at the airport at least two hours in advance of the flight time. Only those passengers whose flight is in the next four hours will be allowed to enter the terminal building.

Thermal screening of passengers will be done before entering the terminal and only passengers without symptoms will be allowed to enter. It has been made mandatory for travellers to have the Arogya Setu App in their mobiles. Admission will not be given if green signal is not displayed on the app, however children below 14 years are exempted from the compulsory having the Arogya Setu App.

All passenger flights in the country have been closed since March 25 to control the spread of Covid-19. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has announced on Wednesday that domestic passenger flights will resume from May 25.

Airport operators have been instructed to ensure adherence to social distancing. Trolley facility will not be provided to passengers except in unavoidable cases and will be given only on demand. It will be the responsibility of the airport operator to disinfect every check-in baggage before loading and after landing. Passengers are prohibited from providing newspapers or magazines in the lounge or elsewhere.

The use of PPE kits will be mandatory for airport employees who are helping the elderly, disabled or young children traveling alone. At the time of check-in for issuing of boarding pass, it has been asked to place a glass between the employee and the passenger with magnifying glass in the corner from which the details of the boarding pass can be clearly seen.