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Domestic flights booking news: Various airline services like Air India, Indigo, GoAir, Air Asia, Vistara, Spicejet, etc., are also expected to release their own passenger guidelines and rules.

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Nearly two months after all airline services were grounded due to nationwide lockdown to arrest the spread of Coronavirus, domestic flight services are set to take off from May 25th. Union Minister for Civil Aviation, on Wednesday, informed regarding th development and asked all airlines providing domestic flights and airports to gear up for the resumption of flight services within India. On Thursday, SoPs or standard operating procedures for the domestic flight services resuming in the middle of lockdown 4.0 were released laying out a detailed plan for the safety of passengers and crew members.

Various airline services like Air India, Indigo, GoAir, Air Asia, Vistara, Spicejet, etc., are also expected to release their own passenger guidelines and rules. There are reports that the first batch of flight services will start from airports located in the Green Zone areas. But it is expected to be a tough call for airlines as major domestic airports like IGI Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Jaipur, etc., are in areas with a big number of Coronavirus cases.

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    21:28 (IST)21 May 2020
    Limits on air fares set in seven bands - check maximum and minimum fare

    Limits on air fares for flights have been set in seven bands. Each band has its specific lower and upper limits of air fare, and the first band consist of flights that are of less than 40 minutes duration. The subsequent bands from the second to the seventh will be of flights with durations of 40-60 minutes, 60-90 minutes, 90-120 minutes, 120-150 minutes, 150-180 minutes and 180-210 minutes respectively. Check minimum and maximum fares for each band in Table Image

    21:20 (IST)21 May 2020
    Regulating airfares a 'step back': IATA

    Global airlines' grouping IATA said the government's decision to regulate airfares is a "step back" and carriers need to have the freedom to make their commercial decisions, including pricing of air tickets. The comments came after the civil aviation ministry announced that airfares would be capped for three months till August 24. "Airlines need to have the freedom to make their commercial decisions, including the pricing of airfares. Hence, we recognise and hope that this is a one-time measure as a result of COVID-19 and will be discontinued on August 24. India's Air Corporation Act was repealed in 1994, so the announcement to regulate airfares more than 2 decades later comes across as certainly a step back," IATA Assistant Director (Corporate Communications - Asia Pacific) Albert Tjoeng told PTI. 

    21:17 (IST)21 May 2020
    Big announcement on ticket fare- Details

    Recommencement of domestic flights- ticket fare to be between Rs 2000 and Rs 18,600 for 7 classes of sectors. 

    18:38 (IST)21 May 2020
    Planning to take domestic flights? Instructions you must follow inside the aircraft and after your journey!

    Domestic flights resume: Centre releases on-flight guidelines for passengers! Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Wednesday said that the domestic flights will resume operations from May 25. The development comes two months after all civil flights had been grounded in view of the coronavirus pandemic. Read More

    18:28 (IST)21 May 2020
    Domestic flights resume: Guidelines passengers must follow at the airports

    Domestic flights recommence: Centre releases guidelines for passengers at airports! Union Minister for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri on Wednesday announced that the domestic flights will be resumed from May 25, after all civil flights had been grounded in view of the coronavirus pandemic two months ago. Read Full Report

    18:15 (IST)21 May 2020
    Domestic flights booking news live: Delhi-Mumbai route upper price limit for tickets

    On Delhi-Mumbai route, upper limit for flight fare would be Rs 10,000. 40 per cent seats in flights would have to be sold at mid-point of lower and upper air fare limit set for the route: Aviation Secretary (PTI)

    18:07 (IST)21 May 2020
    Domestic flights booking news live: When will full flight operations resume?

    Can't comment right now on when we would be able to restore flight operations completely: Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri (PTI)

    18:03 (IST)21 May 2020
    Domestic flights booking news live: Aarogya Setu app a must?

    Passengers who don't have Aarogya Setu app can give self-declaration form, will not be stopped from boarding flights: Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri (PTI)

    17:55 (IST)21 May 2020
    Domestic flights booking news live: Hand sanitisers at all Airport entry points

    Airports have been advised to earmark areas for isolation as well as to carry out COVID-19 testing of suspected passengers. According to the guidelines, the airports will have to ensure easy availability of hand sanitisers at all entry points and at various touch points. (PTI)

    17:48 (IST)21 May 2020
    Domestic flights booking news live: Instructions for passengers to be followed from airport to the destination

    • While travelling in any mode of transportation, hygiene standards and social distancing norms must be followed by the travellers. 
    • Upon arrival, travellers would be required to adhere to health protocols issued by the destination state or UT.

    17:42 (IST)21 May 2020
    Domestic flights booking news live: Instructions for passengers to be followed from airport to the destination

    • Transit passengers would not be permitted to exit the transit area.
    • Only authorised taxis maintaining hygiene standards should be used by passengers for travel to their destination, and only these taxis would be allowed to pick up passengers from the airport.

    17:36 (IST)21 May 2020
    Domestic flights booking news live: Instructions for passengers to be followed from airport to the destination
      • Passengers are advised to use baggage trolleys in the arrival hall sparingly.

      • Travellers must wait at the baggage hold area till the baggage arrives on the conveyor belt in batches.

    17:26 (IST)21 May 2020
    Domestic flights booking news live: Instructions for passengers to be followed from airport to the destination
    • The travellers must deboard the plane in a sequential order and no one should rush towards the exit gate.

    • Social distancing as well as sanitization must be followed at the arrival gate, aerobridges, ramps, coaches and jet ladders.

    17:19 (IST)21 May 2020
    Domestic flights booking news live: Mandatory temperature checks for all passengers

    The rules included no meals on board, mandatory temperature checks for all passengers and allowing only one check-in bag for each passenger. People who were tested positive for COVID-19 will not be allowed to travel. All the passengers will have to wear masks while entering the airports and thereafter.Passengers will have to report to airports two hours before flights are scheduled to depart and they will have to strictly follow social distancing rules.The government's decision to allow the domestic air travel comes days after the government relaxed norms allowing economic activities to resume in a bid to revive the economy hit hard by the coronavirus lockdown. (PTI)

    17:02 (IST)21 May 2020
    Domestic flights booking news live: Govt decides to cap Domestic Airlines fares

    About a third of operations will be allowed under strict norms when domestic flight services restart on Monday after a two-month hiatus and all the airlines will have to adhere to the upper and lower limits of fares prescribed by the government, the Civil Aviation Ministry said on Thursday. The Civil Aviation Secretary said 40 per cent of the seats in any flight will have to be sold at the mid-point of the lower and upper air fare limits prescribed for any route by the authorities. (PTI)

    16:50 (IST)21 May 2020
    Domestic flights booking news live: Limits on air fares set in seven bands

    Limits on air fares have been set in seven bands as per the flight durations and they would be in place till August 24, said Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday. The minister said the first band, which would have its specific lower and upper limits of air fare, will consist of flights that are of less than 40 minutes duration. Second, third, fourth and fifth bands of upper limit would be of flights with durations of 40-60 minutes, 60-90 minutes, 90-120 minutes and 120-150 minutes, he said. The sixth and seventh bands would consist of flights with durations between 150-180 minutes and 180-210 minutes, he stated. (PTI)

    16:41 (IST)21 May 2020
    Domestic flights booking news live: Guidelines to be followed by passengers inside the Aircraft.

    Guidelines for air passengers: Inside the Aircraft

    1. No newspaper / magazine will be available, no onboard sale of any item
    2. If the passenger feels uncomfortable, fatigued or has respiratory distress, it should be brought to the immediate notice of the crew
    16:39 (IST)21 May 2020
    Domestic flights booking news live: Guidelines to be followed by passengers inside the Aircraft.

    Guidelines for air passengers: Inside the Aircraft

    1. No queuing at the toilets and only one companion for children and elderly would be allowed
    2. No meal service in the aircraft. Water bottle to be made available in the gallery area or on the seats. Eatables not to be consumed during the flight
    16:22 (IST)21 May 2020
    Domestic flights booking news live: Guidelines to be followed by passengers inside the Aircraft.

    Guidelines for air passengers: Inside the Aircraft

    1. During the flight, passengers to strictly follow hygiene and sanitation. Face to face interaction to be minimized
    2. Passengers to minimize the use of toilets and avoid any non-essential movement in the aisles
    16:10 (IST)21 May 2020
    Domestic flights booking news live: Norms to be followed while boarding the Aircraft

    Guidelines for air passengers: Boarding the Aircraft

    1. Passengers to wear mask and sanitize his/her hands before proceeding to the boarding gate for scanning of the boarding pass
    2. Passenger to be attentive towards boarding announcements and reach the boarding queue by following social distancing
    3. Display of identity cards by passengers is a must and Check-in of the boarding pass would be done by the passenger by self-scanning of a e-boarding pass
    16:05 (IST)21 May 2020
    Domestic flights booking news live: Norms to be followed while boarding the Aircraft

    Guidelines for air passengers: Boarding the Aircraft

    1. Passengers to be attentive towards various communication material displayed at the airport about various health advisories relating to pre-boarding abd during the flight precautions
    2. Passengers to collect the safety kit (Three-layered surgical mask and sanitizer) from the airlines near the boarding gate
    15:50 (IST)21 May 2020
    Flights booking news live: Flight routes have been classified

    Flight routes have been classified into 7 - 1) Flight time less than 40 minutes, 2) 40 - 60 minutes, 3) 60 - 90 minutes, 4) 90 - 120 minutes, 5) 120 - 150 minutes, 6) 150 - 180 minutes, 7) 180 - 210 minutes. All routes within the country fall within these 7: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep SIngh Puri (ANI)

    15:49 (IST)21 May 2020
    Flights booking news live: How the flight ticket prices will be fixed

    40% of seats have to be sold at a fare less than the midpoint of the band. For example, midpoint of Rs 3,500 & Rs 10,000 is Rs 6700. So, 40% of the seats have to be sold at a price less than Rs 6,700. This is how we're ensuring that fares don't go out of control: Civil Aviation Secy (ANI)

    15:36 (IST)21 May 2020
    Flights booking news live: Fixed maximum and minimum flights fare

    We've set a minimum and a maximum fare. In the case of Delhi, Mumbai the minimum fare would be Rs 3500 for a journey between 90-120 minutes, maximum fare would be Rs 10,000. This is operative for 3 months - till one minute to midnight on 24th August: Civil Aviation Minister HS Puri (ANI)

    15:35 (IST)21 May 2020
    Flights booking news live: New Guidelines to remain in force till this day

    This order which is being issued today shall remain in force till 23:59 hours IST on 24th August: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri (ANI)

    15:34 (IST)21 May 2020
    Flights booking news live: 'Cabin crew to be in full protective gear'

    The cabin crew will be required to be in full protective gear. Only one check-in bag will be allowed. Passengers should report before at least 2 hours before departure time. Fares will be regulated and will be in a fixed range: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri (ANI)

    15:28 (IST)21 May 2020
    Flights booking news live: No Meals on board

    A passenger will require to wear protective gear, face mask and carry sanitizer bottle. Airlines shall not provide meal on board. Water bottles will be made available in gallery area or on seats: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri

    15:28 (IST)21 May 2020
    Flights booking news live: Aviation Minister on flight capacity

    For operation from Metro to Metro cities 1/3rd capacity of approved summer schedule 2020, which is more than 33.33%. For operation from Metro to Non-metro cities and vice-versa, where weekly departures are greater than 100, 1/3rd capacity of approved summer schedule 2020: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri (ANI)

    15:27 (IST)21 May 2020
    Flights booking news live: Aviation Minister on Aarogya Setu App

    A self-declaration or Aarogya Setu App status on a compatible device would be obtained to ensure that a passenger is free of COVID19 symptoms. Passenger with red status on Aarogya Setu App will not be allowed to travel: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri (ANI)

    15:26 (IST)21 May 2020
    Flights booking news live: Aviation Minister on International Flights

    Based on our experience on opening up of domestic flights, we might have to tweak some procedures, only then we will think about international flights: Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri (ANI)

    15:21 (IST)21 May 2020
    Domestic flights booking news live: Instructions to be followed in the Security Hold Area at the airport

    Guidelines for air passengers: Security Hold Area

    1. While going around F&B, retail outlets, etc., passenger should be aware of the social distancing and maintain hygiene. Also, he/she should be aware of the locations where sanitizers would be made available
    2. Passenger to dispose of all the bio hazardous material like used masks, gloves, tissues, etc., in the yellow-colored disposable bins/bags placed at startegic locations at the airports
    15:09 (IST)21 May 2020
    Domestic flights booking news live: Instructions to be followed in the Security Hold Area at the airport

    Guidelines for air passengers: Security Hold Area

    1. Passenger to proceed to security hold area after security screening
    2. While waiting in the security hold area, passenger to maintain social distancing and sanitization protocols
    3. Chairs marked 'Not For Use' should not be occupied
    15:00 (IST)21 May 2020
    Domestic flights booking news live: Passengers travelling by Air should follow these directions at Security Check-in

    Guidelines for air passengers: At Security Check-in

    1. Passenger to bring only one hand luggage as per specified size allowed by the airlines
    2. Passenger to cooperate with security staff by following the instructions for his/her own safety and security
    14:57 (IST)21 May 2020
    Domestic flights booking news live: Passengers travelling by Air should follow these directions at Security Check-in

    Guidelines for air passengers: At Security Check-in

    1. Arrangements have been made at airports to guide passengers to walk through the pre-embarkation security screening
    2. Passenger to follow the directions as announced by the authorities and divest of all metal on the body to facilitate security screening
    14:51 (IST)21 May 2020
    Domestic flights booking news live: Rules to be followed by the passengers after reaching the Airport

    Guidelines for air passengers: At The Airport

    1. Passenger to adhere to the social distancing which would be specified at the Airports through markings like circle, square oe tensor barrier
    2. Passenger to complete the check-in procedure and baggage drop at least 60-minutes before departure
    14:47 (IST)21 May 2020
    Domestic flights booking news live: Rules to be followed by the passengers after reaching the Airport

    Guidelines for air passengers: At The Airport

    1. Passenger to proceed to the baggage drop counter and show his / her PNR to the staff. Avoid using baggage trolley, as far as possible
    2. An electronic receipt shall be sent to the passenger
    14:42 (IST)21 May 2020
    Domestic flights booking news live: Rules to be followed by the passengers after reaching the Airport

    Guidelines for air passengers: At The Airport

    1. In case of non-availability of Aarogya Setu, passenger should be facilitated to go to a counter provided by the airport where Aarogya Setu App can be downloaded
    2. Passenger to show his/ her identity card, the boarding pass / e-boarding pass to the CISF staff at the Entry Gate
    14:37 (IST)21 May 2020
    Domestic flights booking news live: Rules to be followed by the passengers after reaching the Airport

    Guidelines for air passengers: At The Airport

    1. Passenger to arrive at the thermal screening facility near the entry gate
    2. Passenger to get himself / herself checked for temperature and display the status of Aarogya Setu App to the staff at the entry gate
    14:30 (IST)21 May 2020
    Domestic flights booking news live: Rules to be followed by the passengers after reaching the Airport

    Guidelines for air passengers: At The Airport

    1. Passenger should continue to wear mask throughout the journey
    2. Passenger to get down from the vehicle with the face mask on and with required documents / e-documents
    14:27 (IST)21 May 2020
    Domestic flights booking news live: Guidelines for Passengers

    The passenger shall give a declaration to the following:

    1. I / we am / are not residing in any containment zone
    2. I / we am / are not suffering from any fever/ cough /any respiratory distress
    3. I / we am / are not under quarantine
    4. If I / we develop any of the above mentioned symptoms I shall contact the concerned health authorities, immediately
    5. I / we have not tested COVID-19 positive
    6. I / we am / are eligible to travel as per the extant norms
    7. I shall make my mobile number / contact details available to the airlines, whenever required by them
    8. I understand that if I undertake the air journey without meeting the eligibility criteria, I would be liable to penal action
    9. I / we undertake to adhere the the Health Protocol prescribed by the destination state/ UT
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