Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Airports Authority Of India Issues Guidelines For Post-Lockdown Operations

New Delhi: Airports Authority of India (AAI) has issued detailed guidelines to its airports for managing post-lockdown operations that imposes several restrictions, including on the number of terminals as well as on retail outlets providing food and beverages.
"Initially, it is presumed that airline operations will be limited to tier-I cities i.e. metros and some of the state capitals and major Tier-II cities," said the AAI guidelines, a copy of which is accessed by news agency Press Trust of Inida.         

The AAI, which manages more than 100 airports across India, said if an airport has multiple terminals, then only one terminal should be used initially in the post-lockdown period. Also if the airport has multiple baggage carousels, alternate ones must be used so as to maintain social distancing, it added.

"Limited food and beverages and retail outlets to be made available to the passengers till operations of airlines gradually increases. Initially, they should serve tea/coffee etc. with take away snacks in boxes," it said and added that alcoholic beverages will not be permitted at bars or restaurants in airports unless the city or state administration permits it.

Airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad are managed by private companies and not by the AAI.

Last week, both the GMR group-led DIAL, which manages the Delhi airport, and the GVK group-led MIAL, which manages the Mumbai airport, said they would be implementing rigorous measures to deal with COVID-19, like putting markings to ensure 1.5 mtrs distance between passengers in queues and establishing temporary quarantine centres in terminals
29/04/20 PTI/NDTV
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