The Airport Authority of India issued a standard operating procedure (SOP) for airports saying that the Aarogya Setu App will not be mandatory for children below 14 years of age. The move comes at a time when Union Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced that domestic civil operations will start from May 25 by adhering to the guidelines issued by the Centre.
In a statement, the AAI also said that it will be compulsory for passengers to walk through the thermal screening zones before entering the airport terminal building. “Airport operators must make appropriate arrangements for sanitisation of passengers’ baggage before entry into the terminal building,” the AAI said in a statement.
The SOPs laid down by the Civil Aviation Ministry also stated that only personal cars or select authorised cab services or other transport services will be permitted to enter the airport, albeit with restricted seating. Passengers will also have to reach the airport two hours before departure as well. Furthermore, airports across the country will need to have mats or carpets soaked with bleach (sodium hypochlorite solution) placed at the entrance for disinfecting shoes and thermal screeners for passengers.