Govt allows meals on all domestic flights

NEW DELHI: The government on Tuesday allowed airlines to serve or sell meals on all domestic flights.
The service was discontinued by the Centre on flight journeys of less than 2 hours during the second Covid wave.
In addition, the aviation ministry has also allowed airlines to keep reading materials like magazines on all flights.
However, restrictions on meals were not imposed on international flights during the second wave.
Following an improved pandemic situation and “proper implementation of Covid appropriate behaviour” by stakeholders, the Union aviation ministry issued an order relaxing some restrictions imposed during the second wave.
It also relaxed the norms for cabin crew in terms of wearing PPE gowns.
The relaxations kicked in with immediate effect, when ministry joint secretary Usha Padhee issued the order.
The government has been imposing and removing restrictions based on the pandemic situation in the country.
As the second wave started ebbing, it recently allowed airlines to operate 100 per cent of their pre-Covid levels of domestic flights.
The fare bands for domestic flights are now restricted to 15 days, meaning only a person buying ticket for travel within 15 days has to be sold in the allowed fare range.
The single big restriction that now remains is on scheduled international flight that are suspended since March 2020.
Since last summer, international flights are allowed under air bubble agreements.
Due to the limited capacity under this system, international airfares have skyrocketed and are hurting the travellers a lot.
The travel industry has requested the government to either increase number of international flights if it wants to continue the bubble system or allow scheduled flights with countries where Covid is in control and that on a reciprocal basis accept made-in-India vaccines and it’s certification.


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