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Domestic flights to resume from May 25: Hardeep Singh Puri

Exactly after a gap of two months, domestic flight services are all set to resume from May 25. 

Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Wednesday announced that domestic flights will resume in a ‘calibrated manner’ starting from Monday (May 25). 

The flight services (domestic and international) were suspended on March 25 when the first phase of nationwide lockdown kicked-off. The lockdown, which was subsequently extended three times, is currently at the fourth phase which will end on May 31.  

He added in his tweet, “All airports and air carriers are being informed to be ready for operations from May 25.”

The Civil Aviation ministry will be soon announcing the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for domestic air travel.

While the SOPs are awaited, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) on May 15 tweeted the guidelines to be adhered by all the passengers by downloading and registering on the Aarogya Setu App and doing web check-in and taking a print out of boarding card to airport will be mandatory to fly when schedule commercial flights begin shortly.

On Tuesday Puri said in his tweet, “It is not upto @MoCA_GoI or centre alone to decide on resuming domestic flights. In the spirit of cooperative federalism, the government of states where these flights will take off & land should be ready to allow civil aviation operations.”

The announcement comes a day after Indian Railways announced resumption to operate 200 non-AC timetabled trains daily from June 1.

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