Sunday, May 24, 2020

With domestic flights starting, northeast ready with strict quarantine SOPs

Guwahati: “The birds are back, ready to fly again…” screamed the message from the official Twitter handle of regional director (NE region) of Airports Authority of India on Saturday as northeastern states prepare themselves with strict quarantine SOPs for every disembarking passenger when flight operations resume on May 25.

While an extra cautious Mizoram has asked people not to board any Lengpui-bound flight without prior permission of the state home department, Nagaland and Assam on the other hand have appealed to its citizens not to return unless extremely necessary. But every state has released their respective SOPs which would require passengers alighting at airports to be quarantined and tested for Covid-19.

The dates for flights to Umroi in Meghalaya have not yet been finalized. Meghalaya deputy CM Prestone Tynsong said, “Kolkata-Umroi and Umroi-Kolkata flights are mostly likely to resume next week.” In a tweet, Manipur CM Biren Singh said said, “Govt is fully prepared to conduct testing for those stranded #Manipuris coming to the State via flight services.”

All the airports have set up contactless check-in procedure where passengers, after showing their tickets and I-cards through a glass barrier to security personnel, have to get their boarding passes scanned themselves before boarding the flight. The airport’s Twitter handle says, “ LGBI Airport Guwahati is getting ready for resumption of flights and taking various measures, specially social distancing and contactless check-in, to prevent from CORONA VIRUS.”
24/05/20 Prabin Kalita/Times of India

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