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Quarantine Rules For Air Passengers Must Be Dealt "In a Pragmatic Manner", Says Civil Aviation Ministry
Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri annouced several SOPs today as Airways prepares to resume flying on May 25 at domestic level. He says that the quarantine needs to be handled pragmatically for all the air passengers.
Quarantine Rules For Air Passengers Must Be Dealt "In a Pragmatic Manner", Says Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri
NEW DELHI: The Civil Aviation Minister on Thursday annouced the directives to be abided by the airlines and passengers since when the domestic flights will resume on Monday, May 25, amid COVID-19 crisis.
Among them, he also talked about the quarantinine procedure that needs to be followed by the air passengers after traveling inter-states and said that this needs to be tackled in a 'pragmatic manner'.
The government has also said that quarantine is not necessary for short-duration transits.
"The quarantine issue will be dealt with in a pragmatic manner. For instance, if I go to Kerala, then I will have to be in quarantine for 14 days. When I come back, will I be sent to quarantine again for 14 days? This is not practical," said Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.
"Quarantine standards for buses and trains (passengers on both services must undergo 14-day quarantine on arrival at their destinations) cannot be applied to civil aviation," he added by saying that symptomatic passengers will not be permitted at all.
"In case you test positive, then you will not even be permitted to enter the airport or board flights", said the centre.
The government also said to the passengers to take "a conscious decision to see if they are fit to travel" or else refrain from travelling.
Passengers return after a long hault will have to observe mandatory 14-days quarantine to ensure that they aren't carrying the contagious virus.
He also revealed that air fares for three months will soon be fixed for all sectors, minimum and maximum both. Not only this, all the flights will be divided into seven catagories based on timings.
As airlines are prepping for the resumption of the airways operations after nearly two-month Coronavirus lockdown, the seven catagories in which the flights have been classified on the basis of duration in the air:
Apart from following the ticket fare guidelines and seven catagories as afformnetioned above, the airlines will also have to abide by only one-third operations of flights.
The guidelines issued by the aviation ministry list details about web check-ins, mandatory social distancing and thermal screening, the use of protective gear throughout the journey and displaying "green" status on the Aarogya Setu app.
The ministry further said that those who'll display "red" on the government's contact-tracing app and any symptoms will not be permitted the airport terminal or board flights.
Passengers hailing from containment areas of "red" zones will also not be allowed to enter the airport or board any flights.
The "calibrated" resuming of air travel in the country comes during a continuous a surge in the Coronavirus cases over the past two days which have counted over 11,000 cases.