Day before international flight operations resume, AAI reworks Covid-19 guidelines | Latest India News

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The government banned international flights on March 23, 2020 to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. The ban initially imposed for two weeks has been extended several times since then. However, flights were operated under bilateral bubble air agreements between India and 35 countries.

A day before international air operations resume after two years, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Saturday revised the Covid-19 guidelines for international air travel. The AAI has removed the rule of leaving three seats vacant on flights. He also said crew members will not be required to wear full personal protective equipment (PPE).

“Given the decrease in #Covid19 virus cases and the successful vaccination campaign, @MoCA_GoI has decided to resume international scheduled flight operations from March 27, 2022. It has revised its existing COVID-19 guidelines regarding operations international,” AAI announced on Twitter.

“Under revised #COVID-19 guidelines, the restriction to keep three seats vacant on #International Flights is removed. Additionally, the requirement for full PPE kit for crew members is removed,” added the AAI.

The government banned international flights on March 23, 2020 to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. The ban initially imposed for two weeks has been extended several times since then. However, flights were operated under bilateral bubble air agreements between India and 35 countries.

The authority also said that while the wearing of masks at airports is still compulsory, frisk searches by security personnel have been reintroduced.

“Frisk search by airport security personnel has been reintroduced. Although the wearing of masks at the airport or on an aircraft should still be continued,” AAI tweeted.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) had previously announced that it would resume flight operations from December 15, 2021 but had to postpone its decision due to an increase in Omicron cases. It was then decided to resume regular air operations from March 15, 2022, but the Ukrainian crisis led the Center to postpone its decision again.

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