CRUSHED! 72 killed & thousands left homeless as Amphan wrecks Bengal 45 lakh THE TRAIL people also affected in Odisha where damages are limited mainly to agriculture, North and South 24 Parganas said govt. districts in the state devastated, East Midnapore and Howrah hit hard too. Bridges washed away, houses and crops destroyed; trees, electric poles, mobile towers uprooted. PM Narendra Modi in Bengal and Odisha today to conduct aerial surveys & take part in review meets. Mangled remains of a bus after a tree fell on it, in Kolkata on Thursday. The city wore a battered look with collapsed structures and overturned vehicles. https://twitter.com/mail_today REPORTS PA ON 6-9GES https://facebook.com/mailtoday Vol. 13 No. 188 | Pages 24 | ` 5.00 NEW DELHI, Friday, May 22, 2020 www.mailtoday.in / www.mailonline.in COVID SHADOW OVER TRAVEL AIRLINES REBOOT AMID HEADWINDS Even as domestic f lights are cleared for take-off with riders, virus fear may severely repress air travel demand, say experts By Manu Kaushik in New Delhi AFTER a series of deliberations, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has finally given a green signal to domestic flights starting May 25. International flights though will remain sus- 5,609 Covid cases in India, total 1,12,359 132 more pended for the time being. Minister of Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri announced the resumption of flights with riders. First, airlines FULL COVERAGE ON PAGES 2-5 & MY BIZ PAGE 18 INDIA TODAY TV INVESTIGATION One-third of operations will be allowed when domestic f lights resume on Monday, the civil aviation ministry said while releasing SOPs for f lying in the time of coronavirus. GROUND RULES FLY SAFE Face mask mandatory throughout the journey, from end to end. Inside aircraft, face to face interaction and use of lavatory to be minimised. No meals to be served, passengers cannot even bring their own food. No newspaper or magazine shall be provided on board. Cabin crew to be in full protective gear. No passengers from containment zones will be allowed to fly. Report at the airport two hours before flight. deaths, toll 3,435 Turn to Page 18 FLIGHTPLAN FOR CORONA TIMES No physical check-in at airport counters. Only web-check is allowed; get baggage tag online too. detailed self-declaration form. One check-in bag per passenger. Tag should be affixed on luggage. Passengers to walk through pre-embarkation security screening. Aarogya Setu status has to be displayed to airport staff (children below 14 are exempted). Security staff will practise ‘minimum touch’ protocols. Passengers who do not have Aarogya Setu app will have to fill a Collect safety kit (3-layered surgical mask, face shield and sanitiser) near the boarding gate. ‘Social distancing requirement not met even if middle seats in flights are kept vacant, so we will fill up middle seats.’ FARE DEAL All the airlines will have to adhere to upper and lower limits of fares prescribed by government. 40% seats in flights would have to be sold at mid-point of lower and upper air fare limit. HARDEEP SINGH PURI, On Delhi-Mumbai route, upper CIVIL AVIATION limit for fare would be `10,000. MINISTER RAIL TICKET BLACK MARKET EXPOSED PAGES 4-5
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