Domestic flying resumes at RGIA
TruJet's 2T 623 was the first flight to take off from RGIA to Vidyanagar in Karnataka while AirAsia India's I5 1576 was the first flight to land from Bengaluruby TelanganaToday
Hyderabad: After two months of watching gigantic steel birds in hibernation on its tarmacs, the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Shamshabad on Monday witnessed them flap their wings and fly.
TruJet’s 2T 623 was the first flight to take off from RGIA at 8.06 am with 12 passengers on board to Vidyanagar in Karnataka, while AirAsia India I5 1576 was the first flight to land at RGIA at 8.20 am from Bengaluru with 106 passengers. Airport officials said air operations resumed following instructions from the Ministry of Civil Aviation. During the entire day, the RGIA handled an approximate passenger load of around 3,000, including arrivals and departures.
As per schedule, the airport handled 20 departures and 19 arrivals on the first day with the destinations being Delhi, Bengaluru, Belgaum and Vidyanagar in Karnataka, Jaipur in Rajasthan, Raipur in Chhattisgarh, Mumbai, Pune and Kolhapur in Maharashtra, Jharsuguda in Odisha, Cochin in Kerala, Ahmedabad and Surat in Gujarat, Ranchi in Jharkhand, Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh and Chennai in Tamil Nadu.
The flights connecting to these destinations were – TruJet, AirAsia India, IndiGo, Alliance Air, SpiceJet, Vistara and Air India. Airport officials said all departing and arriving passengers were screened with thermal scanners at both the arrivals and departures counters as per safety procedures with adequate physical distancing enforced for everyone.
GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL), which is operating RGIA, has taken a slew of measures with focus on a contact-less boarding experience for passengers. A series of safety measures implemented at the airport include availability of automatic hand sanitiser dispensers at various places, staggered seating arrangements, allocation of entry gates and check-in islands for departure passengers to encourage compliance of social distancing norms and to minimise human contact at the airport.
In order to avoid close contact and crowding at counters, flyers were encouraged to check-in at home or use self-service facilities such as contact-less self-check-in facility, self-bag tag facility and so on. For the passengers, it was a unique sight with air hostesses and cabin crew wearing PPE kits and masks.
Cancellation of flights leads to confusion among passengers
Hyderabad: Last minute instructions from the Union Civil Aviation Ministry, asking airlines to reduce the number of flights that they could operate on a single day led to around 50 flights being cancelled at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) here on Monday.
Sources said these services were cancelled due to the last-minute instructions from the Civil Aviation Ministry, cutting down the number of operations that the Ministry itself had permitted a few days ago.
Soon after receiving instructions, the airlines revised their schedules to operate only curtailed services resulting in the cancellation of other services. This led to confusion and disappointment among passengers who had already made travel arrangements to reach different destinations from the city, and forced many to reschedule their travel plans. Most airlines sent messages to passengers explaining the cancellation of services due to instructions from the Central government.
A few passengers complained that they did not receive any prior information.
Flyers fume at abrupt flight cancellations
Hyderabad: Irate passengers on Monday took to Twitter to voice their displeasure after several flights were cancelled at the last moment. They had booked their tickets to different destinations after the Ministry of Civil Aviation announced resumption of domestic air services from Monday. But the last minute instructions that the airlines must curtain their services resulted in cancellation of flights.
In a tweet, Vaishnavi said, “My flight for Hyderabad tomorrow has been cancelled suddenly. Made all the arrangements, paid advance money for cab!! Now i get this message. What’s happening. AirAsiaIndian@AirAsia.”
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