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Domestic Flights to Run on One-Third Capacity of Regular Schedule from May 25

File photo of Hardeep Singh Puri (Image Source: PTI)

File photo of Hardeep Singh Puri (Image Source: PTI)

Aviation Minister has said that the number of flights will remain capped from May 25 till August 24.

In a recently held press conference, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has laid out detailed plan for resuming domestic flight services in India. As per Minister Puri, airlines will operate one-third of its summer capacity on metro cities. He said, we will start with 1/3rd capacity and based on our experience it would be increased.

Minister Puri clarified calibrated manner means air carriers will only be able to operated limited flights as against the original schedule. All airports and air carriers are being informed to be ready for operations from 25th May, 2020.

The route capacity has been decided as per the metro, no metro cities. He also said that SOPs for passenger movement are already issued by Ministry of Civil Aviation.

Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet said, “We welcome the government’s decision to recommence domestic civil aviation operations from May 25. This resumption will go a long way in lifting the overall economic sentiment in the country. While the SOP for resumption of operations and details of flights to be operated is still awaited, we are sure that this much awaited move will help a large number of passengers by providing them access to the safest and quickest means of transport. SpiceJet is all geared up to resume operations post lockdown and is committed to providing the highest level of cleanliness and a safe, secure and healthy flying experience to its passengers and staff. We will strictly adhere to social distancing norms and SOPs laid down by the Government to ensure the best, the cleanest and the most sanitised flying experience.”

Here is the complete list of SOPs laid out by the Government of India for flyers before resuming the flight services in a staggered manner:



-Maintain social distancing and minimum touch.

-Passenger to certify the status of his/her health through the Aarogya Setu App or a self-declaration form.

-Use of digital payment methods.

-Only one check-in bag and one cabin bag allowed.

-Vulnerable persons such as very elderly, pregnant ladies, passengers with ailments are advised to avoid air travel.

-Ensure Web Check-in and obtain a boarding pass.

-Passenger to download the baggage tag/baggage identification number, print it and affix it on the bag at a prominent place.

-In case the passenger is not able to print the baggage tag, then he/she should mention the PNR number and his/her name on a thick piece of paper and affix it/tag it with a strong string.

-Before entering the terminal, passenger to ensure that he/she is wearing a mask.

-Passenger to report at the airport as per revised reporting time of 2 hours.

-Passenger to travel in an authorized taxi/personal vehicle following the norms specified by MHA.

-During transit to the airport, the passenger should take all precautions to prevent infection


-Passenger should not reach an airport late.

-Passenger should not travel if he/she is staying in a containment zone.

-Passenger should not travel if he/she has been tested positive for COVID-19.

-If a passenger who is not permitted to fly, undertakes an air journey he/she shall be liable for penal action.


The passenger shall give a declaration to the following;

-I/we am/are not residing in any containment zone.

-I/we am/are not suffering from any fever/cough/any respiratory distress.

-I/we am are not under quarantine.

-If I/we develop any of the above-mentioned symptoms, I shall contact the concerned health authorities, immediately.

-I/we have not tested COVID-19 positive.

-I/we am eligible to travel as per the extant norms.

-I shall make my mobile number/contact details available to the airlines whenever required by them.

-I understand that if I undertake the air journey without meeting the eligibility criteria, I would be liable to penal action.

-The airlines shall ensure that the boarding pass is issued only after the passenger confirms to the above declaration.

-In case of a PNR having more than one passenger, the declaration would be deemed to be covering all the passengers mentioned in the PNR.


-Passengers should continue to wear a mask throughout the journey.

-Passenger to get down from the vehicle with the face mask on and with required documents.

-Passenger to arrive at the thermal screening facility near the entry gate.

-Passenger to get himself/herself checked for temperature and display the status of Aarogya Setu App to the staff at the entry gate.

-In case of non-availability of Aarogya Setu, the passenger should be facilitated to go to a counter provided by the airport where Aarogya Setu App can be downloaded.

-Passenger to show his/her identity card, the boarding pass/e-boarding pass to the CISF staff at the entry gate.

-Passenger to proceed to the baggage drop counter and show his/her PNR to the staff. Avoid using baggage trolley, as far as possible.

-An electronic receipt shall be sent to the passenger.

-Passenger to adhere to social distancing which would be specified at the airports through markings like circle, square or tensor barriers.

-Passenger to complete the check-in procedure and baggage drop at least 60 minutes before departure.


-Arrangements have been made at airports to guide passengers to walk through the ore-embarkation security screening.

-Passenger to follow the directions as announced by the authorities and divest of all metal on the body to facilitate the security screening.

-Passenger to bring only one hand luggage as per a specified size allowed by the airlines.

-Passenger to cooperate with security staff by following the instructions for his/her own safety and security.


-Passenger to proceed to the security hold area after security screening.

-While waiting in the security hold area, passenger to maintain social distancing and sanitization protocols.

-Chairs marked ‘Not For Use’ should not be occupied.

-While going around food and beverages shops, retail outlets, etc, the passenger should be aware of social distancing and maintain hygiene. Also, he/she should be aware of the locations where sanitizers would be made available.

-Passenger to dispose of all the biohazardous material like used masks, gloves, tissues etc. in the yellow-coloured disposable bins/bags placed at strategic locations at the airport.


-Passengers to be attentive towards various communication material displayed at the airport about various health advisories relating to pre-boarding and during the flight precautions.

-Passengers to collect the safety kit (three-layered surgical mask and sanitizer) from the airlines near the boarding gate.

-Passengers to wear a mask and sanitize his/her hands before proceeding to the boarding gate for scanning of the boarding pass.

-Passengers to be attentive towards boarding announcements and reach the boarding queue while following social distancing.

-Display of identity cards by passengers is a must and Check-in of the boarding pass would be done by the passenger by self-scanning of the e-boarding pass.


-During the flight, passengers to strictly follow hygiene and sanitation. Face to face interaction to be minimized.

-Passenger to minimize the use of toilets and avoid any non-essential movement in the aisles.

-No queuing at the toilets and only one companion for children and the elderly would be allowed.

-No meal service in the aircraft. Water bottle to be made available in the galley area or on the seats.

-Eatables not to be consumed during the flight.

-No newspaper/magazine will be available, no onboard sale of any item.

-If the passenger feels uncomfortable, fatigued or has respiratory distress, it should be brought to the immediate notice of the crew.


-The disembarkation from the airlines would be sequential.

-To disembark, passengers to strictly follow social distancing.

-Sanitation should be maintained at the arrival gate, aerobridges, coaches, jet ladders, ramps etc.

-Trolleys in the arrival area to be used sparingly.


-Passenger to wait at the baggage hold area till the baggage arrives in batches.

-Transit passengers will not be allowed to come out of the transit area.


-Passengers to hire only authorised taxis.

-Passengers to follow social distancing and hygiene while travelling in any mode of transportation.

-On arrival at the destination, passengers to adhere to health protocols as prescribed by the destination.