- Govt allows private jets, chartered flights
- Government has put guidelines put in place for the operators and passengers
On Monday, the Union Civil Aviation Ministry announced that it has given permission to resume operations of the chartered flights in India. The decision has come on the same day when the domestic commercial passenger flights also resumed operations across India, except some states.
The Ministry said that “non-scheduled and private operators” of fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters and micro-light aircraft can resume their operation in the country from the 25th of May 2020.
Most of the guidelines put in place by the Aviation Ministry are similar to the guidelines issued for passenger flight operators of domestic airlines.
Here are the guidelines for Private Jets and Chartered Flights:
- A passenger who manually booked his or her ticket for a chartered helicopter flight, the boarding pass will be issued at the helipad or heliport with minimum contact and following all sanitization protocols prescribed by the local administration.
- Passenger will have to report at the airport, helipad, or heliport at least 45 minutes prior to the time of departure.
- Vulnerable people, such as elderly, pregnant women, passengers with health issues are advised to avoid air travel. However, this rule will not apply to air ambulance services.
- Price cap on tickets which was issued by the aviation regulator DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) last week for scheduled domestic passenger flights will not be applicable on chartered flights.
- The fare of air travel (on these chartered flights) will be as per mutually agreed terms between the passengers and the operators.
After 2 months of a complete stop on the domestic passenger flights in India, On Monday a total of 532 airplanes took flight and transported around 39,000 people, however, many flights were canceled without any information to the passengers on the first day.