The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has issued new guidelines before the resumption of flight services in the country from May 25. As the flights resume across the country, strict sanitisation norms will be followed at all airports.
As per the new guidelines, passengers must compulsorily walkthrough the thermal screening zone before entering the terminal building. Airport operators have also been asked to make appropriate arrangements for sanitization of passengers' baggage before entry into the terminal building.
Aarogya Setu app will be mandatory for all travelers except for children below 14 years of age.
The AAI manages more than 100 airports across the country. However, major airports like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad are managed by private companies.
Civil Aviation Minister had announced on Wednesday that domestic flight services would resume from May 25 onwards in a calibrated manner.
Highlights of the new air travel guidelines
- For commuting to and from the airport, both by staff and passengers, only the personal vehicles or select authorized taxi services transport services with restricted seating to be permitted.
- All the departing Passengers must compulsorily be registered with ‘Aarogya Setu’ App on their mobiles and the same shall be verified by CISFI Airport staff at the entry gate. However, Aarogya Setu is not mandatory for children below age of 14 years. Those not showing green on the app will not be allowed
- Passengers shall compulsorily walk through Screening Zone for Thermal Screening at a designated place in the city side before entering the terminal building
- Use of trolleys to be discouraged in departure and arrival area. However, select few passengers, requiring trolley due genuine reasons, to be provided on request basis
- Airport operators shall make appropriate arrangement for sanitisation of baggage
- Plexiglass covering check-in and security check counters
- Support staff handling passengers with special needs like wheel chair etc. will be in full protective gear
- Passenger seating arrangement inside airports 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
- All airport staff handling the flight should be provided with Hand sanitizers and all essential Personal Protective Equipment such as face masks etc. as per guidelines issued by MOHFW
- No newspaper/magazines will be provided in terminal building/lounges
- Use open-air ventilation inside airports where ever possible instead of Central air-conditioning
- Entire terminal disinfection should be performed using duly approved disinfectants through fogging/spraying machines or physical mopping at regular intervals
- At Boarding Gates, passengers should be allowed to board in batches as per seating arrangements in the aircraft to avoid crisscrossing inside the aircraft
- To maintain social distancing norms, passengers shall be disembarked in batches sequentially
- To ensure social distance, the markings like circle, square should be provided around the baggage collection carousel for ensuring social distancing
- Before handing over luggage to passengers, all bags will be sanitised by airport staff before putting them on conveyer belt
- Hand sanitisers shall be made available by airport operator for passengers and airport staff at various locations
- Airport operator to ensure that cleanliness and sanitisation of every nook & corner of building and public areas including washrooms, chairs, counters, trolleys, railings, doors, lifts, escalator’s etc. to be done before arrival of the flight and after last passenger leaves the Terminal Building
- Regular fumigation at taxi pickup and drop off points outside airport.