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Domestic flights begin again, except in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal

Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that the flight operations from Vijaywada and Vizag airports in Andhra Pradesh will begin on May 26, while those in West Bengal will recommence from Thursday on a limited scale.

In Chennai, there will be a maximum of 25 arrivals but there is no limit on number of departures. For other airports in Tamil Nadu, flights will operate as in other parts of country, he tweeted.

The minister also said that there will be limited flight operations from Mumbai in Maharashtra.

Flight operations had been been shut in the country two months ago owing to the nationwide lockdown necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to standard operating procedure issued by Airport Authority of India, passengers should reach airport two hours before the scheduled time of departure and only passengers who have departure in next four hours will be allowed to enter the terminal building.
Passengers will have to wear protective gear such as gloves and masks while entering the airport. All passengers, except children below 14 years, must be registered on the Aarogya Setu app and it will be verified at the entry gate of the terminal building.

Passengers shall compulsorily walk through screening zone for thermal screening before entering the terminal building.

Airport operators have been asked to make arrangements for sanitization of a passenger’s baggage before entry into the terminal building. Only one check-in and one hand baggage is allowed and the use of trolley is restricted. Elderly, pregnant ladies and kids have been advised to avoid air travel for now. 

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