Domestic Flight Tickets Capped At Rs 18,600, Divided Into 7 Slabs; Passengers Not Allowed To Eat Inside Plane
A day after the Union Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced that domestic flight operations will start from 25 May, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) issued a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) yesterday so that the commencement process can go smoothly for domestic flights.
However, the “new normal” will surely see a set of new rules for flyers, prohibiting any of which would cost them their journey.
According to the minister, the step has been taken under the special circumstances that have come about due to the outbreak of Covid-19.
Fare and Route Structure
According to the newly established fare structure, air routes are divided into 7 sections, based upon travel time. Each such section has a minimum and maximum fare fixed.
Reportedly, the seven sectors have been divided based on flying time of:
- 0-30 minutes
- 30-60 minutes
- 60-90 minutes
- 90-120 minutes
- 120-150 minutes
- 150-180 minutes
- 180-210 minutes
Hardeep Singh Puri also revealed that the Delhi to Mumbai rout’s fare will range from Rs 3,500 to Rs 10,000, out of which 40% of seats will be available for under Rs 6,700.
The Standard Operating Procedure for Flights
Passengers will have to learn and keep in mind all the new rules that the AAA has released to ensure proper check of cautionary behaviour from the passengers’ side as well.
On Entering the Airport
Passengers must compulsorily walk through a thermal screening zone before entering the airport terminal building and everyone should have the Aarogya Setu app on their mobiles. Children under the age of 14 are exempted.
Only those passengers with confirmed web check-in will be allowed to enter the airport. Passengers will be required to wear protective gear (face mask). Only one check-in bag will be allowed.
- Passengers should reach airport well in advance. They will have to reach airport two hours in advance of flight time.
- Passengers should wear masks and gloves.
- Those that don’t show ‘green’ on Aarogya Setu will not be allowed to enter airport.
- Airlines will not serve meals inside the aircraft.
- No newspaper or magazines shall be provided by the airline.
- Use of baggage trolleys must be minimized.
- At passenger touch-points, staff to either wear face shields behind counter or put glass wall at counter
- Sanitisation of baggage before entry into terminal
- Passengers will be allowed into the terminal building if their flights are within four hours.
- Passengers are advised to minimize the use of lavatory to avoid any non-essential movement in the aisles.
- No meal services would be provided by the airline. Passengers won’t be allowed to consume any eatables inside the flight.
- If any passenger feels uncomfortable, fatigued, or has cough, he/she should notify the crew for handling the same.