Airports, airlines brace for post-coronavirus world, work on SOPs to ensure safety

Airports and airlines in India are preparing their own standard operating procedures (SOPs) to resume services at 30 percent of the usual schedule, once the lockdown ends. Prior to lockdown, as many as 7,800 flights were scheduled daily.

In the first phase, to enforce proper social distancing in airports and aircraft, only 30 percent of domestic and international flights will begin operations, as per a report in the Business Standard.

The measure is in line with the Airports Authority of India’s (AAI) internal guideline which states that “once the lockdown is lifted, airports shall be facilitating limited domestic or international flights in phases.”

Moneycontrol could not independently verify the report.

The guideline adds that only one terminal per airport would be allowed to function. This is to ensure a contained space for proper and frequent sanitisation, screening, proper seating plans, social distancing measures and opening of alternate check-in counters.

Notably, half of the 7,800 flights pre-lockdown were handled by airports controlled by the AAI. No dates have been announced yet on when the flights can begin operations, but companies are preparing nevertheless, it noted.

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