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New Delhi: State-run Airports Authority of India plans to facilitate restricted scheduled flight operations in phases and between metropolis pairs, as soon as the lockdown is over.

At current, the prolonged nationwide lockdown is until May 3.

In publish lockdown SoP doc reviewed by IANS, the AAI plans to begin “maybe at 30 per cent capacity” at airports with operations scaling up to unique stage in a gradual method.

“Based on the social distancing norms, airports will work out the Terminal Building capacity and forward it to CHQ so that slot allocation for the planned scheduled flights post COVID 19 lockdown by airline operators can be done accordingly,” the SoP doc learn.

“The watch hours will continue to be limited initially and airlines should try to operate within the watch hours. However, the watch hours will be restored to original pre-COVID timings gradually once normalcy is restored.”

Besides, the SoP doc referred to as upon using just one terminal at airports which have extra such buildings.

“Initially it is presumed that airline operations will be limited to Tier-I cities i.e. Metros and some of the state capitals and major Tier-II cities. The Flights schedule may be cleared on city pair basis, so the origin and destination airports are open fully from lockdown situation,” the doc mentioned.

“Airlines are required to fire their schedure with DGCA and simultaneously apply for slots at CHQ for approval well in advance to operate within the limited watch hours to be made available at airports, as initiaily the Summer2020 schedure cannot be fully implemented.”

Furthermore, the SoP doc said that slots can be offered for making certain staggered operation primarily based on capability restriction of terminal buildings to facilitate required social distancing.

In addition, SoP doc beneficial airport managements to coordinate with state governments and native administration to guarantee availability of public transport between the town and the airport.

Currently, the AAI has over 130 airports in its portfolio, whereas those in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad are dealt with by JV corporations.

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