Air services

Government authorizes domestic air services by non-scheduled private operators

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) said on Monday that domestic air services for non-scheduled and private operators, including fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters and microlights, would resume as of May 25.

“The government has decided to resume domestic passenger air travel as of May 25, which includes domestic air services from non-scheduled and private (general aviation) operators (fixed-wing aircraft / helicopters / microlights),” reads. one in the ministry directive. .

“Given the need for precautionary measures by various stakeholders during the COVID-19 pandemic, detailed general instructions; guidelines to be followed by passengers; and specific operating guidelines for the main stakeholders (airlines, airport operators, ground handling agencies, etc.) have already been issued by order of the Ministry of Civil Aviation dated May 21 “. , he added.

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Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said 532 flights were operated on Monday, the first day domestic flights resumed after a suspension following the lockdown.

He said 39,231 passengers traveled by the flights and that the number would increase further with the resumption of operations in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.

Domestic flights were suspended in March due to the lockdown imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The country is in the fourth phase of containment which will continue until May 31.

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