Monday, May 25, 2020

Government allows private jets, charter flights on domestic routes

New Delhi: The ultra rich can once again jet around the country in their luxury private or charter aircraft. The aviation ministry from Monday allowed domestic air travel “by non-scheduled and private (general aviation) operators (fixed wing / helicopters/ microlight aircraft.”
The ministry issued guidelines for non-schedule operator permit (NSOP or charter) and private jet operations, specifying that no meals will be served on board except those who require on medical grounds; passengers must wear face masks and crew be in full protective suit.
Airfares set for schedule airlines will not apply to charter operators. Passengers should report at airport or heliport at least 45 minutes before departure time and give an undertaking about their health status that they have not been detected Covid positive in last two months, among other things.
Passengers will need to be thermal scanned at airport. “The status of 'Aarogya Setu' should be displayed to the staff. In case of non-availability of Aarogya Setu, the passenger should be facilitated to go to a counter provided by the airport where the app can be downloaded. Children below fourteen years of age would be exempt from this requirement,” the order issued by aviation ministry joint secretary Usha Padhee on Monday says.
25/05/20 Times of India

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