(Kajal Singh intern journalist): Hardeep Singh Puri said that after starting the flights there will be separate rules for Metro to Metro cities and there will be separate rules for non-metro cities.
New Delhi: Domestic air flights are being started in the country from 25 May. Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri held a press conference in this regard today and shared important information related to it. Let me tell you that yesterday, he announced that the operation of domestic flights will be started in the country in a gradual manner from 25th May i.e. next Monday. Airports and airlines companies are being informed to prepare for this.
Hardeep Singh Puri said that the maximum and minimum fare limit has been fixed for running domestic flights which all airlines have to follow. For example, the minimum fare for a 90 to 120-minute flight between Delhi and Mumbai would be Rs 3500 and the maximum fare would be Rs 10,000. This rule will be for 3 months currently, which will be applicable till midnight on 24 August.
Today at the press conference, Hardeep Singh Puri said that under the Vande Bharat Mission, which was started to bring back the Indian citizens settled abroad, more than 20 thousand people have been brought back home. Later, more citizens will be brought back to India. We have used outgoing aircraft to carry our citizens. Efforts were made to bring back those who travel abroad to travel due to jobs and other business commitments.
Hardeep Singh Puri said that in the flights which are being started from May 25, the passengers traveling will be required to wear protective gear, face mask and it will be mandatory to keep the sanitizer bottle with them. Airlines will not serve food during flights. Bottles of water will be provided in the gallery area and seats.
Hardeep Singh Puri also said that based on our experience of resuming domestic flights, we may have to change some procedures, only then we will think about international flights.
The Civil Aviation Minister said that there will be separate rules in the metro to metro cities and there will be separate rules for the metro to nonmetro cities. Cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai are included in the metro cities. Initially, only a third of the airport will start as a precaution.
The Union Minister said that all the air routes in the country have been classified into 7 routes. Under this, the first route will be less than 40 minutes. The second route will be between 40 and 60 minutes. The third route will be 60-90 minutes. The fourth route will be 90-120 minutes. The fifth route will be 120–150 minutes and the sixth route will be 150–180 minutes. The seventh route will be 180-210 minutes. All the routes of the country will be considered under these 7 routes.
Hardeep Singh Puri also informed that since March 25, 5 lakh kilometers traveled under air flight, and during this period relief material related to coronavirus was transported to many states of the country. Medical relief materials have also been brought to India from some foreign countries and sent from India to other countries.