Minimum, maximum fare structure for air travel set: Minister
Domestic passenger flight services commencing from Monday will have a fixed minimum and maximum fare structure for different routes, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Thursday.
 
While detailing the plans to re-start domestic operations, he said the step has been taken under the special prevailing circumstances that have come about due to the pandemic.
 
Under the new fare structure, air routes are divided into seven sections based on travel time. Each such section has its minimum and maximum fares.
 
Accordingly, Delhi-Mumbai ticket price has been fixed at Rs 3,500-Rs 10,000 for three months from May 25 to August 24.
 
The minister further said the limited passenger flight operations of about one-third capacity of summer schedule would be permitted to operate between metro cities from May 25.
 
This capacity might be ramped up in the subsequent time period.
 
Furthermore, during the briefing, it was disclosed that there is no quarantine requirement for air crew operating domestic flights due to shorter duration of these operations.
 
The briefing was held after Ministry of Civil Aviation came out with detailed guideline for airlines and passengers.
 
The guidelines advised "Vulnerable" persons, such as the very elderly, pregnant ladies, and passengers with health issues to avoid air travel.
 
Besides, it said that no physical check-in counters would be allowed at the airport.
 
"Only those passengers with confirmed web check-in shall be allowed to enter the airport," the guidelines said.
 
Additionally, the guidlines said the passengers would be required to certify their status in terms of coronavirus infection through the Aarogya Setu app or a self-declaration form.
 
"The passenger shall not travel if he or she is staying in a containment zone. Also, they should not travel if they have been tested positive for Covid-l9. The passengers are expected to certify the status of their health through the Aarogya Setu app or a self-declaration form," the guidelines said.
 
If a passenger, who is not permitted to fly, undertakes an air journey, he or she shall be liable for penal action, as per the guidelines.
 
Further, passengers will have to wear protective gear, or a face mask before entering the terminal as per the prevailing requirement and he/she will con tinue to wear the mask thoughout the joumey.
 
During transit to airport, the passenger should take all precautions to prevent infection.
 
On the luaggae part, the passenger would be entitled to carry maximum of one hand baggage and one checked-in baggage as per the specifications by the airline concerned.
 
In addition, state-run Airports Authority of India has advised passengers to reach airport 2 hours prior to departure.
 
Its standard operating procedures (SoPs) also advised passengers to install the Aarogya Setu mobile app.
 
All passengers will be required to go in for a thermal check before entering the terminal, the SoP said.
 
India has allowed airlines to re-commence domestic passenger flight operations in a calibrated manner from Monday, May 25.
 
Passenger air services were suspended for both scheduled domestic and international flights since March 25, due to the imposition of the nationwide lockdown in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.
 
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    samintl

    21 hours ago

    What is the great need to make people travel by air by providing them reduced pricing. Let competition decide . Government should not interfere and should not fix the pricing. The affluent class will travel by air and they have the capacity to pay.

    higher the fares, low will be the traffic and this is what is required today. Yes keeping the required measures to curtail spread of the virus is important. Thats what authorities should ensure and open the air travel. Let the people travel at their own cost.

    yerramr

    2 days ago

    Rent seeking becomes rampant when cost of regulation exceeds cost of avoidance.

    People in containment zone not allowed air travel
    As domestic flight services resume on May 25 with one-third of capacity, it will not allow people staying in containment zones to board a flight as they will not be eligible for travel.
     
    The Ministry of Civil Aviation on Thursday came up with a detailed guideline for the airlines and passengers, where it said passengers would have to certify their status in terms of coronavirus infection through the Aarogya Setu app or a self-declaration form.
     
    "The passenger shall not travel if he/she is staying in a containment zone. Also,they should not travel if they have been tested positive for COVID-l9. The passengers are expected to certify the status of their health through the Aarogya Setu app or a self-declaration form," it said.
     
    If a passenger, who is not permitted to fly, undertakes an air joumey, he or she shall be liable for penal action, as per the guidelines.
     
    Further, passengers will have to wear protective gear, or a face mask before entering the terminal as per the prevailing requirement and he/she will continue to wear the mask thoughout the joumey.
     
    During transit to airport, the passenger should take all precautions to prevent infection.
     
    In the initial stage passenger would be entitled to carry maximum of one hand baggage and one checked-in baggage as per the specifications by the airline of his travel.
     
    The ministry also said that limited passenger flight operations of about one-third of capacity would be permitted to operate on May 25.
     
    In a general set of guidelines for passengers and stakeholders issued by the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the Centre said: "On the day of commencement, limited operations (about l/3rd) would be permitted."
     
    "Further augmentation of flights will be done in a calibrated manner."
     
    The guidelines advised "Vulnerable" persons, such as very elderly, pregnant ladies, passengers with health issues to avoid air travel.
     
    Furthermore, it detailed that no physical check-in counters would be allowed at the airport.
     
    "Only those passengers with confirmed web check-in shall be allowed to enter the airport," it said.
     
    Besides, the Centre advised the airlines to adhere to the lower and upper limits of fares prescribed by the Ministry during the period of COVID-19 pandemic.
     
    The guidelines comes a day after Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Wednesday said: "Domestic civil aviation operations will recommence in a calibrated manner from Monday, 25th May 2020."
     
    Ever since the imposition of the nationwide lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak in the country on March 25, passenger air services were suspended for both scheduled domestic and international flights.
     
    Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.
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    Swiggy starts alcohol home delivery in Jharkhand, more to follow
    Online food delivery platform Swiggy has started alcohol home delivery service in Jharkhand starting Thursday, even as the company revealed it is also in advanced stages of discussions with multiple state governments for providing similar service.
     
    When liquor shops were reopened in Jharkhand on Wednesday for the first time after the lockdown was imposed in the state, tipplers were seen queuing outside these shops, despite an additional 25 per cent Value Added Tax imposed on liquor by the state government.
     
    But the residents of Ranchi can now order home delivery of alcohol through the 'Wine Shops' category by updating their Swiggy app, the company said, adding that the service will go live in other major cities in the state within a week.
     
    Swiggy said it has obtained necessary approvals from the Jharkhand government for the service.
     
    "Since the beginning of the pandemic, Swiggy has relentlessly worked to solve customer pain points and support local governments in every way possible," Anuj Rathi, Swiggy's Vice President for Products said in a statement.
     
    "By enabling home delivery of alcohol in a safe and responsible manner, we can generate additional business for retail outlets while solving the problem of overcrowding, thereby promoting social distancing."
     
    To ensure safe delivery of alcohol and in compliance with applicable laws, Swiggy has introduced measures such as mandatory age verification and user authentication to complete deliveries.
     
    Customers can complete their instant age verification by uploading a picture of their valid government ID, followed by a selfie which the platform will use for authentication using an Artificial Intelligence-powered system, Swiggy said.
     
    All orders will carry a unique one-time-password (OTP) which needs to be provided by the customer at the time of delivery.
     
    There is also a capping on the order quantity to ensure a customer does not order alcohol above the prescribed limit as per the state law.
     
    Swiggy said it is partnering with authorised retailers after validating their license and other required documents as outlined by the respective state governments.
     
    Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.
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