Saturday, May 23, 2020

Screening, distancing at airport when flights begin

Nagpur: With domestic flights slated to resume from May 25, Nagpur airport has geared up to restart operations.
Sources said airlines have approached the Directorate General of Civil Aviation with proposals to resume flights from Nagpur to Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Pune and Ahmedabad.
These are the stations where airlines operating from Nagpur have been getting maximum load. Although a final plan has not been put up, as it will depend on the approval by DGCA, said a source

Mihan India Limited (MIL), the agency operating Nagpur airport, has drawn up a protocol for operations during Covid-19 outbreak.

During normal times, the airport handled 36 departures, which came down to 15 after the Covid spread, before stopping completely. With permission to operate one-third of the flights of the present summer schedule, not more than 12 flights may operate from Nagpur airport.

“This is part of the general guidelines for all airports,” airport director Abid Ruhi told TOI. The last flights operated on March 24. Since then, the airport here has been handling only cargo and non-scheduled flights, most of which were halts for refuelling.
23/05/20 Shishir Arya/Times of India
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