Monday, May 25, 2020

After 2 months, domestic flights resume at Chennai airport

Chennai: After a gap of two months, domestic air services began at the Chennai airport on Monday as an Indigo airlines flight with 116 passengers left for Delhi.

The domestic flights were suspended as part of the Covid-19 lockdown measures.

While 120 passengers were scheduled to travel in the Delhi-bound plane, authorities did not allow four passengers to board as they showed symptoms of cough and cold.

Later, a SpiceJet plane took off for Delhi. Air India is also scheduled to operate its flight from here.

According to officials, several incoming and outgoing flights are set to be operated on Monday. The departures are to cities like Delhi, Kochi, Madurai, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru.

A passenger has to show his ticket to a camera connected to a big TV screen, which is then viewed by security personnel concerned who clear the passenger.

The passengers have to wear a mask and maintain social distancing at the airport.

On Sunday, the Tamil Nadu government had came out with a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for domestic air travellers. As per the SOP, asymptomatic persons shall undergo home quarantine for 14 days.

All passengers will be stamped with ''quarantine'' word along with the date in indeliable ink before they are allowed to move out of the airport.
25/05/20 IANS/Outlook
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