DGCA asks airlines to strictly enforce COVID-19 protocol amid rise in cases

“In case a passenger does not comply with the directions, strict action will be taken by airlines against the passenger,” it added.

DGCA asks airlines to strictly enforce COVID-19 protocol amid rise in cases
In view of the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, the airlines have been advised again on August 16 to strictly comply with COVID-19 protocol inside the aircraft, it mentioned. (File image)

Aviation regulator DGCA on Wednesday asked all Indian carriers to strictly enforce COVID-19 protocol, including mask mandate for passengers, in aircraft amid a rise in infections across the country.

In a statement, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said it will be conducting “random checks” in aircraft across the country to see if the COVID-19 protocol is being enforced or not.

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Airlines have to ensure that passengers are wearing face masks properly throughout the journey and there is proper sensitisation of passengers through various platforms, it mentioned.

“In case a passenger does not comply with the directions, strict action will be taken by airlines against the passenger,” it added.

In view of the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, the airlines have been advised again on August 16 to strictly comply with COVID-19 protocol inside the aircraft, it mentioned.

India on Wednesday recorded 9,062 fresh COVID-19 infections that took its tally to 4,42,86,256, while the number of active cases came down to 1,05,058, according to Union Health Ministry data.

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