NEW DELHI: Domestic flights will begin functioning in the country from Monday i.e. tomorrow, May 25. However, there is still a lot of uncertainty regarding the rules and regulations within various states. West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Maharastra contain nation's busiest airports within them. Cities like Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata are not in favour of the centre's decision of resuming to operate passenger flights after just two months of shutting down since the coronavirus pandemic hit the country.
Maharashtra's government on Saturday, May 23 mentioned that it has not amended the order from May 19 regarding the lockdown yet, under which only special flights were allowed. This just proves how the state is against resuming airways during a time like this. Maharastra is also the worst affected state as it has the most coronavirus cases.
Anil Deshmukh, the Home Minister of Maharashtra also took to twitter to speak regarding this matter
Its extremely ill-advised to reopen airports in red zone. Mere thermal scanning of passengers inadequate w/o swabs. Impossible to have autos/cabs/buses ply in current circumstances. Adding positive passenger will add Covid stress to red zone.#MaharashtraGovtCares— ANIL DESHMUKH (@AnilDeshmukhNCP) May 23, 2020
Tamil Nadu, the state with second-highest novel coronavirus cases has also expressed concerns regarding the initiation and resuming of flights and has also requested the Civil Aviation Ministry to delay the plan till May 31.
West Bengal, which recently faced the wrath of the super cyclone, 'Amphan' has also appealed in order to let the flights be held off till May 80. Mamta Banerjee, the Cheif Minister has revealed that she plans on writing to the centre to send flights to Bagdogra airport instead, located in North Bengal until then.
Although the decision to get flights to function again is for the Centre to make, the states will be allowed to have a say in accepting passengers, meaning there is a high possibility that even in planes land, travellers might not be allowed to get off the flight and exit via the airport.