Airlines don’t need to keep three seats vacant on an international flight
As scheduled international flights resume operations from Sunday after a two-year gap following the pandemic, the Indian government has revised guidelines, easing many of the existing restrictions related to Covid-19.
Cabin crew members do not need to wear personal protective equipment kits, while airport security personnel can take over passenger searches when necessary.
Airlines also don’t need to keep three seats vacant on international flights for medical emergencies. The rules have been relaxed to ensure “flight operations run smoothly”, the government said, even as Covid infections continue to fall due to high vaccination levels in the country.
But wearing protective masks and maintaining hand hygiene/sanitizers are mandatory both at airports and on flights. “Airlines may carry some additional PPE protective equipment, disinfectants and N-95 masks, to manage any respiratory infections related to in-flight cases, for passengers as well as crew,” a carrier said on Saturday. official speech.
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India suspended scheduled international passenger flights on March 23, 2020 following the Covid crisis. But it has signed air bubble agreements with 45 countries since July 2020, allowing international travel.
The airlines were allowed to operate their full domestic services in October last year. Nearly 7.7 million domestic passengers traveled in February, about 20% more than in January.