While there is no word from the government yet on resumption of airline flights, airports have been putting in place measures to ensure social distancing of passengers and disinfection of areas around terminal buildings. The Mumbai airport on Saturday issued a statement saying that it was ready to handle flights and passengers post the lockdown.
Following the lockdown, which began on March 24, all international and domestic airline passenger flights have been banned in India. The current lockdown is in place till May 3, but there is no announcement on whether domestic flights will resume next month. The government had said that flight operations will restart in a staggered manner, with domestic flights. But no flights operations will begin till the coronavirus cases are under control. But when the government finally lifts the ban on passenger flights, the metro airports, it seems, will be ready to handle passengers with the new social distancing norms in place.
“The Mumbai airport plans to maintain social distancing through distinctive markings at both the terminals, maintaining 1.5 meters distance between each passenger,” said a statement issued by the Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL).
The special markings will be spread across the entry gate, check-in counters, self-check-in kiosks, security checkpoints, food courts, lounge area and the boarding area amongst others. Furthermore, the seating arrangements at the food court as well as in the terminal building are reshuffled in a manner that promotes social distancing, said MIAL.