Post lockdown, commercial passenger flights at Delhi airport will initially operate from Terminal 3 with entry gates, self-check-in machines and check-in bays allocated to airlines to avoid overcrowding by travellers, said a senior official of its operator Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) on May 3.
The Mumbai airport is also gearing up for commercial lockdown after the lockdown in India ends.
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Delhi International Airport Gears Up For Operation Post Lockdown!
While there is no nod from the government about commercial flights or related services, airports around the country are taking all necessary steps to start operations in a safe manner.
“Initially, once the lockdown is over, the commercial passenger fights will be operating from Terminal 3 only. Later, once the number of flights increase, other terminals will be used,” the DIAL official said.
The airport has assured to keep all the food, beverage and retail shops open to avoid overcrowding at one place and the implementation of ‘ultraviolet disinfection tunnels’ for all incoming baggage, according to a plan prepared by the GMR group-led DIAL.
Different entry gates have been allocated to each airline. The plan drawn out has allocated gates 1 and 2 for the entry of passengers of Vistara and IndiGo only. Proceeding to the check-in rows A, B and C the staff of these two airlines would assist the passengers.
Meanwhile, the entry gates 3 and 4 are allocated to the passengers of AirAsia India and Air India. These two airlines will have check-in rows D, E and F among them.
Entry gate 5 has been given to the passengers of SpiceJet and GoAir and check-in rows G and H for check-in.
According to the plan, passengers of all other domestic airlines will enter through gate 5 and will head to check-in row H.
The international airlines’ passengers have been allocated entry gate 6, 7 and 8. The staff of these airlines assist at the rows J, K, L and M for check-in at Terminal 3.
The allocation of entry gates, self check-in machines and check-in bays according to DIAL’s exit plan will ensure smooth flow of passengers from forecourt into check-in hall and security thereafter.
The exit plan also states preparation of strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for food, beverage and retail shops in order to ensure social distancing.
DIAL is set to promote digital payments and digital menus at various outlets to minimise human contact. Moreover, DIAL would encourage usage of self-ordering kiosks at the food court to reduce queues.
Mumbai Airport Makes Arrangements to Start Operation Post Lockdown As Well!
The authorities at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) have also issued an advisory for passengers, who are considering a post-lockdown trip.
Mumbai airport being one of the busiest airports in the country, is taking necessary precautions. Efforts for social distancing, sanitising airport services, disinfection of the airport terminals and the connected area around are being put into place. It has been stated that the airport services will assure that there is a minimum distance of 1.5 m between passengers.
The authorities have also issued a statement saying, “CSMIA puts special emphasis on the need for passengers to wear masks and gloves during the entire course of their travel… encourage passengers to check-in online from the comfort of their home or office; use card payment transaction and contactless payment at airport restaurants and retail stores.”
The facility at CSMIA has also come up with quarantine centers in case any passenger shows any symptoms of the COVID-19.
The airport has implemented mandatory screening of all passengers before terminal entry. In addition, sanitisers, self check-in facilities, dedicated personnel to help travellers are also in place.
When CSMIA reopens, it plans to function with just 50% of its regular staff as directed by the Centre.