(Juhi Aishwary, Journalist): Domestic flights will resume once again from May 25 after two months of lockdown due to the Corona crisis. Announcing this, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has asked all airports and airlines to be prepared. This decision of the government has brought great relief to the people trapped in the lockdown for the last two months.

Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri said, “Domestic commercial flights will start from 25 May”. All airports and airlines have been asked to be prepared for this. Currently, only limited flights can be allowed. But Puri has not said anything about the commencement of regular flights of international flights. In fact, as a precaution to control the rising outbreak of Corona virus, all domestic and international flights were closed from March 25 with the announcement of lockdown.

Puri has said in a tweet message that domestic flights will resume from May 25, 2020. All airports and airlines have been asked to be prepared for this. According to the Civil Aviation Ministry, a separate guideline will be issued later to the passengers catching the flight regarding their health safety, airport staff, and detailed code of conduct for the airlines.

The civil aviation sector in India has been badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. There has not been a single domestic flight within the last two months. During this period, stringent decisions like layoffs of pilots, reduction in pay of pilots, and unpaid duty were taken. The flights did not fly during the first, second, and third phase lockdowns. The fourth phase has started from May 18, but the government has decided to start the major flights closed from May 25. During the lockdown, only special flights were allowed, along with cargo flights, medical ambulance flights, helicopter flights at some places. 

Explain that earlier on the issue of starting domestic flights, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had tweeted that the decision of the resumption of domestic flights cannot be taken only by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Government of India or the Center alone. The spirit of cooperative federalism should also be ready to allow state governments from where it will take flight takeoff and landing.

Let us know that domestic flights have been banned since the lockdown issued from March 25 in the country. The fourth phase of the lockdown ends on May 31. Gradually most restrictions are being lifted by the government. Railways have decided to run 200 non-AC trains on Tuesday. These trains will run daily from June 1 as per the time table.

Many airlines have started booking

Please tell that a directive has been issued by the government regarding this. However, many airlines have started booking air tickets from 1 June. Airlines have already done this. Even in the fourth phase of the lockdown, there is a complete ban on the operation of the plane, train, metro. But now it is slowly being opened.

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