While a confirmation about resuming commercial flights and similar services is pending from the government, airports around the country have started their preparations. Mumbai airport is also preparing to resume operations. By Kumar Shree

Despite the government’s pending confirmation about resuming flight operations post May 3, airports around the country have begun preparing for itSome airlines have also accepted bookings despite Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri’s advice against doing so. Mumbai airport, one of the busiest flight hubs in the country, is preparing well in advance to ensure smooth functioning once we get a green flag from the government.


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While the airport authorities have issued an advisory for passengers looking forward to travelling after the lockdown is lifted, Mumbai airport is ensuring all necessary measures are implemented keeping in mind the principle of proper social distancing. Airport services will ensure that passengers have a minimum distance of 1.5 m between two people.

A statement released by the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport Mumbai (CSMIA) read, “CSMIA puts special emphasis on the need for passengers to wear masks and gloves during the entire course of their travel. Passengers should opt for online check-in from the comfort of their home or office. They should also use card payment transaction and contactless payment at airport restaurants and retail stores.”


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Talking about other precautionary measures, the facility at Mumbai has also put up quarantine centres in place. Any passenger exhibiting symptoms of Coronavirus will be taken to these centres. Apart from that, all passengers must undergo a mandatory screening before entering the terminal. Hand sanitisersself-check-in facilities, dedicated personnel for helping the passengers will also be there at the airport. The airport will also adhere to the government’s guidelines and will function at just 50 per cent of its regular staff capacity.

The authorities have stated that they are all prepared for resuming services. All that they await is the government’s confirmation.

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