Update: Current situation with Mumbai Airport is updated here.
A couple of days ago, Indian authorities announced the resumption of domestic flights in India, with several safeguard measures in place. Ticketing opened yesterday and is going strong. One of the assurances given to everyone at the time of relaunching flights by the ministry was that there would be one India one policy and people won’t have to fear getting locked down in the other state with a quarantine.
Now, various states have started to bring up their own rules, many of whom want to quarantine people on arrival into the state. This move is bound to catch flyers unaware since this will make their journey back home very tedious and add another period of separation from their families.
Maharashtra has now clarified its stance on the situation. With Maharashtra having almost 1/3rd of India’s CoVid-19 cases, the state does not want to bring in more cases in the cities which are the hotbed of the virus. So, Mumbai and Pune are not going to be able to have flight operations for the time being. But Maharashtra is alright if flights arrive in other cities such as Nagpur and Nanded.
While many versions are floating around, this is the version of the Home Minister of Maharashtra on NDTV today.
— NDTV (@ndtv) May 23, 2020
Here is another set of tweets from him to the same effect.
Getting passengers to come from a green zone to a red one putting them to risk of exposure doesn't make sense.
Keeping a busy airport up & running with all Covid-safety measures will need huge staff presence and compound risk in the red zone.#PlanningOverAdHocism
— ANIL DESHMUKH (@AnilDeshmukhNCP) May 23, 2020
On the other hand, the Maharashtra government says that the lockdown terms have not been amended, which bars air travel through May 31, 2020.
It does not look like there will be flight operations, come Monday, May 25 on airports across Maharashtra. There is a lot of confusion, and new rules seem to keep popping up.
What are you placing your bets on? Will flights be operating on May 25 out of Mumbai or Pune Airport?