Earlier this month, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a Rs 20 lakh crore package which included liquidity measures from the Reserve Bank of India, free foodgrains and cooking gas, credit lines to small businesses, support to migrant labourers, agri infrastructure and other structural reforms.
Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri wrote on microblogging platform Twitter that airlines ferried 30,136 passengers on 367 flights till 5 pm on Thursday.
The airline said Covid tests were conducted at Guwahati after landing and the passengers were quarantined. The test reports came on May 27. SpiceJet said the operating crew has been quarantined and it is coordinating with government agencies in notifying other passengers who had travelled with them.
Passengers are facing major inconveniences due to a lack of coordination between airport personnel.
Passengers, masked and gloved, in hazmat suits, had to deal with glitches and sudden rule changes.
Flyers, airlines grapple with new rules; glitches and lack of transport on day 1 of flights resumption
India’s busiest airports in Mumbai and Delhi have cancelled close to 200 flights since last night.
Lesser flights, more cancellations and quarantines await flyers as airlines start operations from today
The centre cut down more flights from the original schedule that the airlines had announced last week.
The sudden move of further curtailment means airlines have to file fresh schedules in next few hours.
Some states are specifying their own rules for quarantining passengers while others hint at a longer ban.
“Expecting airlines to start operations in five days is ridiculous and shows no real understanding of the business,” said an airline executive. Also, there is no clarity on additional services that may be offered to business-class passengers and who will bear the cost for protective equipment to be provided to flyers.
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