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Indian skies opened up for domestic passenger services on Monday after a gap of two months, with Delhi-Pune and Mumbai-Patna flights being among the first to take off. Both the flights were operated by IndiGo on Monday morning. While the Delhi-Pune flight departed at scheduled at 4.45 AM, the Mumbai-Patna flight departed at 6.45 AM.

All scheduled commercial passenger flights have been suspended since March 25 when the government imposed a nationwide lockdown to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Mint's govt sources, there will be 1,095 departures on the day, nearly 60% of flights operating on Monday are full.

Here are all the latest updates about flights' resumption:

Over 30 flights cancelled from Bengaluru airport

Domestic air travel resumed on Monday after two months of COVID-19 induced lockdown at the city's Kempegowda International Airport with the first flight leaving for Ranchi with about 176 passengers, as cancellations marred the day. According to reports, over 30 flights flying out of Bengaluru have been cancelled.

Quarantine rules in Karnataka

The Karnataka government has said people coming from high COVID-19 prevalence states — Maharashtra,Gujarat, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh — will have to go for institutional quarantine for seven days, and charges to be borne by the passengers.

Domestic passenger traffic might bounce back in next 6 months: DIAL CEO

The Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), the firm that operates the IGIA here, said the resumption of domestic operations with new safety procedures was the key turnaround point which allows for the eventual bounce back in traffic to happen.

14 day mandatory quarantine for those who are trevelling to UP

The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday said that the passengers coming from foreign countries will need to give a consent letter that they will stay for 14-days in quarantine.

"Passengers coming from foreign countries will need to give a letter of consent to the effect that they will stay for seven days at paid quarantine facilities and seven days in home isolation. In some exceptional situations, passengers will be allowed for home quarantine," the Uttar Pradesh Home Department said.

Flight services resume from Hyderabad

Trujet flight to Vidyanagar in Karnataka with 12 passengers was the first flight to be operated from the Hyderabad airport on Monday as domestic air travel resumed in the country after two months of COVID-19 induced lockdown.

The flight left at 0806 AM, airport sources said.

India among 10 worst-hit nations

India on Monday posted its biggest single-day jump in cases of COVID-19, overtaking Iran to become one of the 10 worst-hit nations, even as the government allowed domestic air travel to restart.

India reported another 6,977 cases, taking its total to 138,845, according to government data, despite the world's longest lockdown imposed in March by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Total deaths have passed 4,000.

Flight from Delhi lands at Patna airport

The first flight arrived at the Patna airport from Delhi around 7.30 am, an official said.

Another flight from Mumbai, which was to land at 7 am, was delayed by two hours, he said.

"The Indigo flight from Delhi has landed at Patna airport at 7.30 am, while the flight from Mumbai to Patna has been delayed by two hours," Director of the Jay Prakash Narayan Airport, Patna, Bhupesh Negi told PTI.

Chaudhary Charan Singh airport

Domestic flight operations started from the Chaudhary Charan Singh airport here on Monday morning, as passenger air travel resumed within the country after a gap of two months, owing to the COVID-19-induced lockdown.

First flight lands at Jammu airport from Delhi

After the restart of domestic air travel in the country, the first flight landed at the Jammu airport from Delhi on Monday morning.

The Air India flight with 40 passengers on board arrived here at 8.40 am.

"A total of five flight arrivals and an equal number of flight departures are scheduled for the day," an airport official said.



A member of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) talks with a passenger through a glass shield at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport, in New Delhi
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A member of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) talks with a passenger through a glass shield at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport, in New Delhi (REUTERS)

Students, migrants in India take flight home after weeks of lockdown

Hundreds of people wearing face masks and gloves boarded early morning flights to their hometowns and workplaces from the Delhi airport on Monday as India resumed domestic services after two months, owing to the novel coronavirus-induced nationwide lockdown.

Those who took first flights from the Indira Gandhi International Airport included paramilitary personnel, army men, students, and migrants, who failed to book a ticket on the special trains being run by the railways.

80 flights cancelled at Delhi airport, 9 flights cancelled at Bengaluru

Around 80 arrival and departure flights from Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport have been cancelled due to various reasons, including state govts' restrictions and deferment of the opening of the airports. Bengaluru's Kempegowda International airport also saw 9 flights cancellations till 9am. Earlier flight schedule was made for all airports including West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Chennai.

80 flights cancelled

80 arrival/departure flights from Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport have been cancelled. Earlier flight schedule was made for all airports including West Bengal, Maharashtra and Chennai.

Passenger at private cab services, Meru's kiosk.
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Passenger at private cab services, Meru's kiosk. (Pradeep Gaur)
Delhi to Bhubaneswar (Odisha) flight, departed at scheduled 6:50 am, from IGI Airport, Terminal-3 today
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Delhi to Bhubaneswar (Odisha) flight, departed at scheduled 6:50 am, from IGI Airport, Terminal-3 today

Domestic flight ops to not resume in Tripura

Domestic air operations will not resume in Tripura from Monday as all flights operating to and from Agartala stand cancelled, according to Maharaja Bir Bikram (MBB) Airport's officials.

Services were halted as all the flights are connected to Kolkata and the Kolkata airport is not available till May 27, in view of cyclone Amphan.

Images pouring in from different airports. Have a look

Gujarat: Passengers from different parts of the country arrive at Ahmedabad airport as domestic flight operations resume today, amid COVID19 lockdown
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Gujarat: Passengers from different parts of the country arrive at Ahmedabad airport as domestic flight operations resume today, amid COVID19 lockdown (ANI)
Passengers of Vistara's Delhi-Bhubaneswar flight deboard at Biju Patnaik International Airport. The flight departed from Delhi's IGI Airport, Terminal-3 at 6:50 am today.
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Passengers of Vistara's Delhi-Bhubaneswar flight deboard at Biju Patnaik International Airport. The flight departed from Delhi's IGI Airport, Terminal-3 at 6:50 am today. (ANI)

No quarantine in Telangana

With domestic flights set to resume from Hyderabad Airport on Monday, Telangana government announced late Sunday that the travellers need not undergo a mandatory quarantine period of 14 days unless they are symptomatic.

Official sources said that there is no quarantine for domestic passengers arriving in Hyderabad If they have no Covid-19 symptoms. They will have to self-monitor their health for 14 days as per the guidelines of the central ministry of health and family welfare.

Passengers arrive at Mumbai airport

Passengers on Monday arrived at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport as domestic flight operation resumes in the country amid the nationwide lockdown.

The Maharashtra government has allowed 25 takeoffs and 25 landings every day from Mumbai.

Revised guidelines for domestic travel (air/train/inter-state bus travel)

1)All passengers shall be advised to download Arogya Setu app on their mobile devices.

2) Suitable announcement about COVID-19 including precautionary measures to be followed shall be made at airports/railway station/bus terminals and in flights/trains/bus.

3) During boarding and travel, all passengers shall use face covers/mask.

Delhi's first flight from IGI airport

The first flight from Delhi's IGI airport since resumption of domestic flight operations, lands at Pune. A passenger who has arrived in the city by the flight says,"I was nervous before the flight but all passengers were taking precautions. Very few people travelling right now".

Chennai incoming flights

The number of incoming passenger commercial flights to Chennai is restricted to 25 per day.

Maharashtra's flight details

Maharashtra government has allowed 25 takeoffs and 25 landings every day from Mumbai.

Air India Bengaluru-Hyderabad flight cancelled

Passengers of an Air India Bengaluru-Hyderabad flight say their flight has been cancelled, without prior notice from the airline. They say,"Only when our boarding passes were scanned at the airport entry we were told that boarding has been cancelled.We don't know what to do now."

Domestic flights resume today: Read state-wise protocols you should follow

Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal will not immediately restart domestic flights, civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Sunday. States such as Maharashtra have only allowed a few flights each day from Mumbai airport, India’s second busiest. Andhra Pradesh will start resume flights from 26 May, and West Bengal from 28 May.

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