India plans to implement new airport rules post lockdown

13 April 2020 (Last Updated April 13th, 2020 13:32)

India is planning to implement new rules at the airport to avoid crowding and restrict the spread of Covid-19.

India plans to implement new airport rules post lockdown
Departure lounge in Pune Airport in India. Credit: Randy Breese.

India is planning to implement new rules at the airport to avoid crowding and restrict the spread of Covid-19.

The new regulations are expected to be rolled out when operations resume after the current nationwide lockdown ends.

According to an ANI report, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which is responsible for the security at the airports, aims to set the reporting time for the passengers two hours before the scheduled flight.

The passengers will also be required to carry necessary protective gears including masks and gloves, while all entry and exit gates will feature sanitiser bottles.

Furthermore, all commercial flights are expected to keep a seat vacant between every two people.

CISF has submitted a plan, which comprises such proposals, to the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA). Currently, the plan is under consideration.

CISF Special Director (Airport) GA Ganapathy was quoted by ANI as saying: “We have proposed a new plan incorporating necessary precaution in view of the change of circumstances due to Covid-19. This has been sent to the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) for consideration.”

The security force has also advised all the flight operators to procure details of home/self-quarantine history from the travellers.

If any passenger is travelling following a quarantine, CISF will screen them in isolation checking point.

Commercial flight operations in India were suspended from 25 March due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The government is yet to confirm when operations may resume.

Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 cases in India has crossed 9,000.