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IGI Airport to remain open for domestic flights

IGI Airport to remain open for domestic flights

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  23 March 2020 8:10 AM GMT

NEW DELHI: The IGI Airport here will remain functional despite massive lockdown measures being implemented by the authorities across the country.

According to aviation regulator DGCA, domestic flights to and from IGI Airport will continue to operate and the airport shall remain functional.

However, all international flights will not be allowed to land from Sunday till a week’s time to contain the spread of Covid-19. Union Civil Aviation Miniter Hardeep Singh Puri on Sunday said that there are 90 operational health counters at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here for secondary screening of incoming passengers.

In a tweet, the minister also said that it has been “difficult” two days but things are normal now.

“It has been a difficult two days, but with 90 health counters operational for secondary screening of incoming passengers at Delhi Airport, things are back to normal,” he said.

Passengers had to wait for hours on Saturday after the government decided to carry out mandatory thermal screening of passengers from the UK, the US, and Australia at the Delhi airport.

In a letter, addressed to all officials concerned, Joint Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Alok Saxena, had said: “In view of local transmission of the disease, increase in the number of cases and deaths being reported in Australia, the UK, and the USA, it has now been to expand the universal screening for all passengers coming from Australia, the United Kingdom, and the USA and risk profiling them for either quarantine or isolation based on risk assessment.” (IANS)

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