Airport Authority of India provides new air travel guidelines.
The Minister of Civil Aviation has declared that domestic air operations will start in a structured format starting from 25th May. The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has released new guidance until the nation resumes air services. Stringent sanitation standards will be implemented at all airports while the airplanes restart all around the country. These instructions are provided by the Ministry of Aviation and is to be practiced by travelers beginning from 25th May during their journeys.
Guidelines to be followed:
1. Social distancing and minimal contact is to be maintained.
2. Sensitive individuals such as people with sickness, elderly, and pregnant women, are recommended to avoid traveling. A traveller should not travel if he/she is in containment zone. The traveller should not travel if he/she is tested positive for COVID-19. Passengers will have to wear a mask throughout the journey.
3. If a traveller is not allowed to air travel, he / she will be liable for penal charges.
4. Travellers should give the following declarations:
-I / we are not staying in a containment zone.
-I / we are not experiencing any coughing, fever or breathing difficulties.
-I / we are was never under quarantine.
-If I / we develop any of those mentioned symptoms, should notify the health department immediately.
-I / we have not tested positive for COVID-19.
-I / we are eligible to travel as per the extant standards.
-If needed, I / we should make the mobile number accessible to the airline.
-I agree that if I were to fly by air without satisfying the eligibility criteria, I will be subject to penal charges.
5. Airlines need to ensure that the border pass is provided only when the passenger has confirmed the above declarations.
6. Passengers should arrive at the airport according to the updated arrival period of 2 hours before departure.
7. All departing travellers should be registered with the ‘Aarogya Setu’ App on their cell phones and reviewed by CISFI Airport workers at the entrance gate. Also, Aarogya Setu is not compulsory for children under 14 years of age. If the app is not available, the passenger will be required to go to the counter at which the Aarogya Setu app is available for download.
8. For travellers and employees travelling from and to the airport, either private cars or selected approved taxi services with limited seating is allowed. Travellers must get down from the vehicles with mask, gloves and necessary documents.
9. Travelers will have to walk via the Thermal Scanning Zone at a particular location in the city side before accessing the terminals.
10. Travellers should test their temperature and show the status of the Aarogya Setu application to the employees at the entrance gate.
11. Traveller to display his / her identity, the boarding pass at the entry gate to the CIFS workers
12. The traveller should be given an electronic receipt.
13. Travellers to complete check-in and luggage drop at least 60 minutes prior to departure.
14. Passengers should follow the directions suggested by the authorities to remove all metals on the body to enable security checking.
15. To make sure that social distancing is followed, marks such as triangles, squares will be given across the cart selection of luggage to facilitate social distancing.
16. Limitation on baggage – Only one check-in luggage and one cabin suitcase is allowed.
17. Passengers should be responsible for their own protection by following the health and security directions. Hand sanitizers for travellers and airport personnel at different locations will be made available by the airport operators.
18. While waiting in the security hold zone, travellers must maintain social distancing and sanitization.
19. Usage of trolleys in departure and arrival field will not be allowed. Although, specifying a few travellers needing a trolley for a genuine reason, will be given on request.
20. Airport authorities should make sufficient provisions for the sanitation of luggages.
21. Plexiglass will be used for security test counters and check-in.
22. Passenger seats at airports should be configured in such a way as to preserve the social distancing measures between passengers by utilizing chairs and covering certain seats which will not be utilized, with appropriate identifying marks/tapes.
23. In compliance with the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW), all airport personnels managing the airplane should be supplied with hand sanitizers and other necessary safety equipment like face masks, etc.
24. Passengers will need to do a web check-in and then will get a boarding pass.
25. Travellers will have to download the luggage label, print it, and affix that to the luggage in a significant place. If the traveller is unable to print the luggage tag, he/she must note the PNR and the traveller name on paper and affix it to a strong string.
26. Magazines and newspapers will not be made available in lounges and terminal buildings.
27. Wherever feasible, open-air ventilation in airports will be used rather than air conditioning systems.
28. Chairs labelled “Not for use” should not be used
29. Travellers should be aware of social distancing and preserve hygiene when going to F&B, retail stores, etc.
30. The whole terminal disinfection with legally registered disinfectants should be done by spraying disinfectants or by physical cleanings at periodic times.
31. The airport operator must maintain cleanliness and hygiene in all buildings, nooks and corners and public spaces, like restrooms, railings, tables, shelves, escalators, walls, ramps, trolleys etc., to be completed prior the flight arrives and after the last person exits the terminal.
32. Travellers must dispose of all bio hazardous items such as used gloves, masks, tissues, etc, in a yellow disposable bin situated at a convenient place in the airport.
33. Travellers should be pay attention to the different communication materials shown at the airport on the numerous safety advisories related to pre-boarding and during flight precautions.
34. Throughout the aircraft, passengers will observe hygiene and sanitation. Face-to-face engagement should be limited.
35. Travellers to minimize the use of toilets and avoid any activity which is not necessary.
36. No queuing outside the bathroom and one person to aid the kids and seniors citizens will be allowed.
37. No food will be served on the airplane. Bottle of water will be made accessible in the galley area or on the chair.
38. When the traveller is feeling uneasy or suffering from renal distress, it should be immediately notified to the crew.
39. The airlines will disembark passengers in a sequential manner.
40. Trolley to be used sparingly in the arrival area.
41. Travellers to wait in the luggage hold area until the luggage arrives in batches.
42. Passenger travel will not be allowed to leave the transit zone.
43. Daily disinfection should be done at the pick-up taxi and drop off locations outside the airports.
44. Upon arrival at the airport, travellers must comply with the safety guidelines specified by the destination state / Union Terriority.