COVID-19 lockdown: Flight services resume in Andhra Pradesh

South India

After two months of COVID-19 induced lockdown, domestic flight operations resumed in Andhra Pradesh as the first Spice jet plane from Bengaluru landed at Vijayawada airport early on Tuesday with 79 passengers.


Though the flight services were supposed to resume from Monday, they did not begin.

According to the report from the airport authorities, the aircraft returned to Bengaluru at 7.40 AM carrying 68 passengers.

As per the report,  the airport also received an Indigo flight from Bengaluru with 48 passengers and departed with 50 travellers.

“As per the state government instruction all the passengers who landed here had to register their details with the state government's spandana website”, Airport Director G Madhusudhana Rao.

"As Bengaluru is a non-high sensitive area, as far as COVID-19 cases are concerned, the passengers who landed here were advised home quarantine for seven days. In case of high- sensitive areas the passengers will have to undergo either institutional quarantine or paid quarantine," he added.

According to the report, the passengers were handled as per standard operating procedures laid out by the Civil Aviation Ministry.

Last week, the Centre had announced resumption of domestic flight services from May 25 under specific rules and guidelines like a cap on ticket pricing, wearing of face masks by passengers, and making available details of medical conditions by travellers through the Aarogya Setu app or by filling up of a self-declaration form.

The central government's decision came as the aviation sector was reeling under severe stress triggered by the coronavirus lockdown that began on March 25.

Starting from March 24 midnight, India was under lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. The lockdown, effective March 25, is supposed to end on April 14. 

However, on April 14, in an address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the 21-day national lockdown has been extended till May 3.

On May 1, the Centre again extended the ongoing nationwide lockdown for two more weeks with effect from May 4 till May 17 while allowing different sets of relaxations in red, orange and green zones.

On May 17, the Union Home Ministry extended the ongoing lockdown till May 31. 


With inputs from PTI

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