coronavirus update indiaas on : 02 June 2020 04:01 GMT+5:30
As Domestic Air Travel Resumes, Air Fares To Be Capped For Next 3 Months
Flight durations have been divided in 7 categories - 0-30 minutes, 30-60 minutes, 60-90 minutes, 90-120 minutes, 120-150 minutes, 150-180 minutes, and 180-210 minutes.
As Domestic Air Travel Resumes, Air Fares To Be Capped For Next 3 Months (representational image)
New Delhi: Two months after the halt on air travel, the aviation ministry has given a green light to resume the operations of domestic flights, with some guidelines. The Civil Aviation Ministry, has also released guidelines the airlines will have to follow to set the ticket price. Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that a Delhi-Mumbai flight ticket will have to be priced between Rs 3,500 and 10,000 for the next three months.
"Flight durations have been divided in 7 categories - 0-30 minutes, 30-60 minutes, 60-90 minutes, 90-120 minutes, 120-150 minutes, 150-180 minutes, and 180-210 minutes.... For example, the minimum fare for a Delhi-Mumbai flight will be Rs.3,500 and the maximum fare will be Rs 10,000. This will be applicable for three months," he said.
According to the aviation minister, 40 per cent of the seats on a flight must be priced less than 50 per cent of the price band – Rs 6,700 for the Delhi-Mumbai route.
The government said that the airlines will be allowed to resume about a third of their operations from Monday. The airlines will have to follow some guidelines including no meals on board, temperature checks for all passengers and full protective gear for crew.
The minister refuted reports of special social distancing measures onboard flights, saying, "At the moment, the decision has been taken that the middle seat will not be left vacant."
India crossed 1.12 lakh coronavirus cases, as shown by the data of the Health Ministry, increasing 5,609 over the previous day - one of the highest single-day rises in recent weeks. Deaths stood at 3,435.
The infections are largely concentrated in the big cities of Mumbai, Delhi and Ahmedabad that are also the economy's engines and transport hubs.
Airlines including IndiGo, SpiceJet Ltd, Vistara were forced to ground planes from March 25.
The civil aviation ministry also said passengers who are not allowed to travel due to their health or age should be allowed to change their date of travel without a penalty.
All the passengers should have Aarogya Setu app in their phones, or submit a declaration form saying they are fit to travel, have not been quarantined and do not live in a containment or so-called virus red zone.
"Passengers with 'Red' status on the Aarogya Setu app would not be permitted to travel," the ministry said.
All the passengers willing to travel were asked to report to the airport, two hours before the flight. The check-ins will only be conducted online.
(With inputs from Reuters)