Thursday, May 28, 2020

Air travel in India and the US: What has changed?

New Delhi: Air travel is one aspect that has changed due to the coronavirus pandemic. As thousands gather in airports and hundreds cluster on board flights, guidelines have been altered in an attempt to contain the spread of the disease while allowing people to migrate.

Air travel was possibly the biggest mode of transmission for Covid-19, which originated in China’s Wuhan and spread across the globe within three months. Take New York or Mumbai, for instance. These cities were hit hard as they host some of the busiest international airports.
However, while some countries shut down air services, others continued to operate despite the risks. India stopped air travel on March 25 and partially reopened the domestic aviation sector two months later on May 25. The US, which never fully halted operations, left it to airlines to impose norms or follow local restrictions, while only issuing some advisories.

While India is yet to allow international flights to operate, the US has, so far, banned travellers from few countries, including Iran, China, the European Schengen Area, the UK, Ireland and Brazil.

Further, the Indian government left it to states to decide quarantine guidelines for travellers landing at their airports. In the US, on the other hand, there are no norms except for international passengers, who are expected to voluntarily stay at home for 14 days and monitor their own health.
28/05/20 Indian Express
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