Take-off: IGI Airport deploys equipment, procedure for healthy air travel

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Last Updated: Sat, May 23rd, 2020, 19:01:58hrs

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) To promote safe and healthy air travel, national capital's IGI Airport has implemented various measures such as deployment of UV Technology for sanitising bags and queue managers at boarding and bus gates.

The Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) which runs the IGIA said the domestic flight operations will resume from May 25.

These services were suspended for about two months, following a nationwide lockdown due to Covid-19 pandemic. According to DIAL, several measures including installation of automatic hand sanitizer machines, floor markers, allocation of entry gates and check-in islands for departing passengers have been implemented at the airport.

These new machines and protocols are designed to ensure compliance of social distancing norms and minimizing human contact at the airport.

IANS was the first to report about the new measures and machines that were being installed at the airport. An IANS TV video detailed the scope of new measures that were being adopted.

"We have implemented several unique initiatives at the airport to ensure passengers' safety without compromising their comfort and experience", said Videh Kumar Jaipuriar, CEO-DIAL.

"Our teams have worked round-the-clock to sanitize the vast terminal to provide hygienic condition."

Even under the national lockdown, IGI Airport continued to function to restock key medical supplies across the country and to repatriate foreigners and to assist in evacuation of Indians from abroad.

On Thursday, the Centre said the domestic passenger flight services can be re-commenced.

However, airlines are allowed to operate a limited number of passenger flight services which is about one-third capacity of the summer schedule to operate between metro cities and other destinations from May 25.

Subsequently, this capacity might be ramped up in the coming period.

Passenger air services were suspended for both scheduled domestic and international flights since March 25, due to the imposition of the nationwide lockdown in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak.