Bhubaneswar: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has made social distancing, installation of Aarogya Setu App on mobile phones and thermal screening mandatory among various other standard operating procedures for passengers for recommencement of domestic commercial flight operations from May 25.
As per the SOPs, all passengers shall compulsorily undergo thermal screening at a designated place before boarding and after disembarking the plane. The airport operators have been asked to provide validated equipment and trained manpower to carry out temperature screening and set up required number of thermal screening stations for this purpose.
“The departing passengers must compulsorily be registered with 'Aarogya Setu' App on their mobiles and the same shall be verified by CISF/Airport staff at the entry gate. However, Aarogya Setu is not mandatory for children below age of 14 years,” the AAI said in an official notification.
Airports Authority of India issues Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to all its airports for recommencement of domestic commercial flight operations from 25th May.
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Passengers not showing ‘Green' on Aarogya Setu are not to be allowed to enter. Wearing of required protective gears such as mask and gloves also made compulsory for passengers.
As per the revised guidelines, passengers need to reach airport two hours before the schedule time of departure and the passengers who have departure in next four hours will only be allowed to enter the Terminal Building.
Passenger seating arrangement shall be done in such a manner so as to maintain social distancing among passengers using the chairs by blocking those seats that are not to be used, with proper markers/tapes.
Airlines have been asked to ensure deployment of sufficient staff near check-in counters and pre-security area to guide passengers and to ensure sufficient distance is maintained between them. As far as possible alternate check-in counters may be used to avoid congestion near counters, it added.
All airport staff handling the flight should be provided with hand sanitisers and all essential personal protective equipment such as face masks as per guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
For commuting to and from airport, both by staff and passengers, only the personal vehicles or select authorised taxi services /transport services with restricted seating to be permitted.
Newspapers/Magazines will not be provided in the Terminal Building.
Here is full list of SOP issued by the AAI for the airports.
Further, Civil Aviation minister HS Puri informed that the flight services from Metro to Metro cities will resume with 1/3rd capacity of approved summer schedule 2020. Even 1/3rd capacity of approved summer schedule 2020 has been allowed for operation from Metro to Non-metro cities and vice-versa, where weekly departures are greater than 100.
(Edited by Suryakant Jena)