September 20, 2020 | 1:35 AM IST
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DGCA issues guidelines for resuming flight services from Monday

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) met the representatives of all airlines, on Thursday, and issued fresh guidelines regarding the norms to be followed once flights resume on May 25. The guidelines have been framed by the DGCA and the Civil Aviation Ministry and it will be implemented by the Airport Authority of India (AAI).

However, the Ministry has also clarified that the guidelines ‘will not be the final Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on domestic air travel’ and the final guidelines will be issued later.

According to guidelines, the passengers will now have to report two hours in advance and only those passengers who have a departure in the next four hours would be allowed to enter the terminal area. It would be mandatory for all passengers to wear the mask.

The guidelines also said that the ticket counters will be covered with the glass shield to ensure social distancing and the airports will have to install electronic boarding pass machine to complete the contactless process.

The guidelines also stated that it would be mandatory for every passenger (except children under 14 years of age) to have Aarogya Setu app on their phones.

The passengers will board and de-board planes in batches and will be discouraged from using trolleys to avoid person-to-person contact.

Every passenger will be required to undergo thermal screening and everything that enters the airport would be sanitised. Apart from this, hand sanitisers would be made available, and everything including the airport building, washrooms, chairs, doors, and escalators would be sanitised before the arrival of the flight and after the last passenger leaves the terminal building.

 The taxi-pickup points and drop off points outside the airport would be regularly fumigated and only private cars and specific cab operators would be allowed for pick up and drop.

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