Thursday, November 26, 2020

Pilots, cabin crew exempted from test rule

Mumbai: Airline pilots and cabin crew have been exempted from the RT-PCR tests made mandatory for domestic passengers arriving from certain Covid hotspots in the country into Maharashtra from Wednesday onwards.

In an order issued on Wednesday, chief secretary Sanjay Kumar said that the state government received a request from Air India stating that the airline operates a large number of Vande Bharat flights and multiple cargo flights in and out of Maharashtra on a regular basis. “This involves a large number of light and cockpit crew to travel into Maharashtra from various states to either operate or to be positioned for flight duties on a daily basis,” stated the order.

Under the latest guidelines issued by the state government, Covid RT-PCR test has been made compulsory for all people arriving into Maharashtra from Covid hotspots of Delhi NCR, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa. This would lead to delays of scheduling of flights, the airline pleaded.

The state government then decided to exempt all cockpit crew and cabin crew carrying valid identity cards from RT-PCR tests at all airports in Maharashtra “subject to following all necessary Covid-related protocols” by the airlines concerned, said the order.

26/11/20 Times of India

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