“Initially, airline operations are assumed to be limited to tier-I cities, i.e. metro stations and some of the state capitals and major Tier-II cities,” said the AAI guidelines, a copy of which is accessible by the PTI. Airports Authority of India (AAI) has issued comprehensive guidelines to its airports for the management of post-lockdown operations, which imposes many limits, including on the number of terminals as well as on food and beverage retail outlets.
The AAI, which operates over 100 airports across India, said that if an airport has several terminals, then in the post-lockdown era initially only one terminal will be used. If the airport already has several carousels for luggage, it added that alternate carousels must be used to preserve social distance. “Limited food and drinks and retail outlets to be made available to passengers before airline operations slowly increase. Initially, they will serve tea/coffee and so on with snacks in boxes,” he said, adding that alcoholic beverages would not be allowed in airport bars or restaurants unless approved by the city or government.
Private compnaies manage Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad airports. Last week some of the groups owning this airport said that they will be taking measures and implement them strictly for the safeguard of passengers and employees. The measure will include putting markings to ensure 1.5 metres distance between passengers in queues and establishing temporary quarantine centres in terminals. As India, in under a lockdown, all commercial flights suspended.