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Domestic flights in the country will resume operations except in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal

New Delhi;25/5/20: Domestic flights in the country will resume operations today, except in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that the flight operations from Vijaywada and Vizag airports in Andhra Pradesh will begin tomorrow, while those in West Bengal will recommence from Thursday on a limited scale.

In Chennai, there will be a maximum of 25 arrivals but there is no limit on number of departures. For other airports in Tamil Nadu, flights will operate as in other parts of country, Mr Puri tweeted. The minister also said that there will be limited flight operations from Mumbai in Maharashtra. Flight operations had been been shut in the country two months ago owing to the nationwide lockdown necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking exclusively to AIR News, Chairman of the Airport Authority of India, Arvind Singh, said that the Airports in the country are fully prepared for the flight operations. He informed that all arrangements have been made at the airports to ensure contact-less boarding to prevent any chances of contagion. Mr Singh said, commercial passenger flights at the Delhi airport will initially operate from Terminal 3.

According to standard operating procedure issued by Airport Authority of India, passengers should reach airport two hours before the scheduled time of departure and only passengers who have departure in next four hours will be allowed to enter the terminal building.

AIR correspondent reports, the passengers will have to wear protective gear such as gloves and masks while entering the airport. All passengers, except children below 14 years, must be registered on the Aarogya Setu app and it will be verified at the entry gate of the terminal building.

Passengers shall compulsorily walk through screening zone for thermal screening before entering the terminal building. Airport operators have been asked to make arrangements for sanitization of a passenger’s baggage before entry into the terminal building. Only one check-in and one hand baggage is allowed and the use of trolley is restricted. Elderly, pregnant ladies and kids have been advised to avoid air travel for now.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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