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Monday, 25 May, 2020, 10 : 24 AM [IST]

India finally opens its skies for domestic aviation after 2 months

Indian skies opened up for domestic passenger services on Monday after a gap of two months, with Delhi-Pune and Mumbai-Patna flights being among the first to take off. Both the flights were operated by IndiGo on Monday morning, reports Mint. While the Delhi-Pune flight departed at scheduled at 4.45 am, the Mumbai-Patna flight left at 6.45 am.

All scheduled commercial passenger flights have been suspended since March 25 when the government imposed a nationwide lockdown to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Mint's government sources, there will be 1,095 departures on the day, nearly 60% of flights operating on Monday are full.

Domestic air operations will not resume in Tripura from Monday as all flights operating to and from Agartala stand cancelled, according to Maharaja Bir Bikram (MBB) Airport's officials.

Services were halted as all the flights are connected to Kolkata and the Kolkata airport is not available till May 27, in view of cyclone Amphan.

With domestic flights set to resume from Hyderabad Airport on Monday, Telangana government announced late Sunday that the travellers need not undergo a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days unless they are symptomatic.

Official sources said that there is no quarantine for domestic passengers arriving in Hyderabad if they have no Covid-19 symptoms. They will have to self-monitor their health for 14 days as per the guidelines of the central Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Passengers on Monday arrived at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport as domestic flight operation resumes in the country amid the nationwide lockdown.

The Maharashtra government has allowed 25 takeoffs and 25 landings every day from Mumbai.

Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal will not immediately restart domestic flights, civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Sunday. States such as Maharashtra have only allowed a few flights each day from Mumbai airport, India’s second busiest. Andhra Pradesh will start resume flights from 26 May, and West Bengal from 28 May. (Source: Mint)

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