SOP for airports as domestic flights resume from Monday

SOP for airports as domestic flights resume from Monday

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Thursday issued guidelines for airports as domestic passenger flight services resume from Monday. As per the standard operating procedure (SOP) to airport operators, Aarogya Setu app will not be mandatory for children below 14 years of age.

As per the new rules, passengers will have to reach the airport two hours in advance for compulsory thermal screening of passengers before they enter the terminal. "Passengers shall compulsorily walk through screening zone for thermal screening at a designated place in the city side before entering the terminal building," the AAI said.

Airport operators must make appropriate arrangements for sanitisation of a passenger's baggage before his or her entry into the terminal building, said the SOP dated May 20.

Highlights of the SOP that has to be followed by airport operators for resumption of domestic flights:

Passengers will have to reach airport two hours in advance of flight time

Passengers should wear masks and gloves

Only those whose flight is in the next four hours will be allowed to enter terminal building

Passengers to undergo thermal screening before entering terminal building

Those that don’t show ‘green’ on Aarogya Setu will not be allowed to enter airport

Trolley use to be avoided. Will be available to a select few passengers on request basis

Sanitisation of baggage before entry into terminal

Mats soaked in bleach to be placed at entry for disinfection of shoes

At passenger touchpoints, staff to either wear face shields behind counter or put glass wall at counter

Constant announcements about social distancing and other norms

Boarding and deplaning in batches to maintain social distance

All airport staff to wear PPEs and hand sanitisers for staff and passenger

The AAI manages more than 100 airports across the country. However, major airports like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad are managed by private companies.

Two months after the government of India imposed a nationwide lockdown due to coronavirus, domestic flight operations are set to resume again. Union Minister for Civil Aviation Hardeep Puri on Wednesday announced that India will start domestic flight operations in a "calibrated manner" from May 25.

Earlier this month, in a communication to airport managers across the country, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) had asked all airports to be prepared to handle flight operations.