India resumes domestic flights

India is resuming domestic commercial flights from today as part of a continuing relaxation of its lockdown to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. The resumption of internal flights, exactly two months after they were suspended, was announced by India’s civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri.

“Domestic civil aviation operations will recommence in a calibrated manner. All airports and air carriers are being informed to be ready for operations from 25 May. Standard Operating Procedures for passenger movement are also being separately issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation,” Puri announced.

The Airports Authority of India has indicated in communication to airport managers to expect flights at 30% capacity to facilitate social distancing.

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