"Indians Soar In The Skies Again," Tweets Aviation Minister, Hours After Centre Resumes Flights: Live Updates

India Resumes Domestic Flights: The first domestic flight took off from New Delhi for Pune at 4:45 am, days after Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri made the big announcement on resumption of flights. 

'Indians Soar In The Skies Again,' Tweets Aviation Minister, Hours After Centre Resumes Flights: Live Updates

Flights resume across the country today after two months.

New Delhi:

Two months into coronavirus lockdown, India resumed domestic flights this morning bringing relief to the aviation sector that has been facing huge losses since the pandemic began.  

The first domestic flight took off from New Delhi for Pune at 4:45 am, days after Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri made the big announcement on resumption of flights. 

Among the states that had initially resisted the decision, Tamil Nadu has listed out SOPs for the passengers arriving in the state. 

Last week, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu - home to some of the country's busiest airports in Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai - had red-flagged the centre's plan to restart passenger flights 

Last week, Hardeep Puri had indicated that the government was not in favour of quarantining passengers on short-haul flights and that the larger question of quarantining would have to be dealt with in a "pragmatic manner". "Why are we making a fuss over quarantine? Positive cases won't be boarding and there can be asymptomatic people. The quarantine issue will be dealt with in a pragmatic manner. We can't have 14 days quarantine... it is not practical," the aviation minister said.
 

Here are the live updates on India resuming domestic flights

May 25, 2020 18:43 (IST)
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May 25, 2020 18:04 (IST)
Restaurants Reopen At Delhi Airport.
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May 25, 2020 17:04 (IST)
India Domestic Flghts - Idea Of Flying Really Scary: Jitters As Flights Resume
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May 25, 2020 15:30 (IST)
Coronavirus Lockdown: More Than 80 Flights In Delhi Cancelled, Confusion At Airports
As domestic flights resumed at several airports across India this morning after two months since the coronavirus lockdown was imposed, there was confusion and chaos at airports in Delhi, Mumbai and other cities as a large number of flights were cancelled and passengers complained that they did not get any notification from the airlines.
May 25, 2020 15:03 (IST)
5-Year-Old Flies Home Alone, Mother At Airport, Reunion After 3 Months
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May 25, 2020 14:34 (IST)
"Indians Soar In The Skies Again," Tweets Hardeep Puri
This afternoon, Aviation Minister tweeted images to show increase in air traffic after flights resumed. 
May 25, 2020 13:30 (IST)
Watch: Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma On Cancellation Of Flights
May 25, 2020 12:12 (IST)
First Flight Lands In Chennai
Passengers from different parts of the country arrive at Chennai airport as domestic flight operations resume from today, news agency ANI reports.  A passenger at the airport says, "I had gone to Delhi for internship, but got stuck there for two months due to CoronavirusLockdown." 
May 25, 2020 10:41 (IST)
Here Are the New Rules Of Air Travel For Domestic, International Passengers
New rules for domestic travel during the lockdown were released by the government on Sunday, including advising passengers to download the Aarogya Setu application on their mobile devices and asking states to ensure thermal screening at departure point of airports, railway stations and bus terminals.
May 25, 2020 10:40 (IST)
Thermal Checks, Flight Crew In PPE Suits As India Flies Again
Air travel resumed across India this morning, two months after the lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, bringing relief to the aviation sector that was on the brink of collapse. 
May 25, 2020 10:39 (IST)
Passengers Say Not Informed About Cancellations: Flights Cancelled In Delhi, Mumbai
As domestic flights resumed at several airports across India this  morning after two months, there was some confusion at the Mumbai and Delhi airports as many passengers complained that their flights were cancelled and that they did  not get any notification from the airlines.

May 25, 2020 09:17 (IST)
India's Civil Aviation Always On Forefront, Tweets Aviation Minister
May 25, 2020 09:16 (IST)