Lowest risk of Covid-19 an infection by way of air journey: Official

New Delhi, August 26

The risk of getting an in-flight Covid-19 an infection is negligible, as borne out by empirical knowledge, a senior Civil Aviation Ministry official mentioned.

Joint Secretary, Civil Aviation, Usha Padhee, instructed IANS that solely about 2,000 passengers have been reported to be Covid constructive after reaching their vacation spot out of the over 6 million individuals, who travelled on home flights submit resumption until August 24.

“This figure even includes individuals who have been identified via contact tracing,” she mentioned.

“If you see the empirical data, we can certainly say that air travel is the safest and fastest mode of travel.” A complete of 6.5 million passengers have travelled from May 25 onwards until August 24.

Currently, the Centre has permitted solely 45 per cent capability utilisation within the home sector with impact from June 27, submit the preliminary re-start of operations of scheduled home flights, with impact from May 25.

In addition, particular and chartered flights are operated with the federal government’s permission for repatriating Indians and overseas residents.

“As and when the situation improves, more capacity will be allowed. Till now, a sequential growth can be seen in passenger traffic,” Padhee mentioned.

“At present, on an average, over 90,000 passengers travel on a daily basis. This number will definitely rise. We have also instituted a fare band which is a win-win for the passengers as well as the industry.” Last month, the Centre had prolonged the time interval for restricted home passenger flight operations and the air fare cap until November 24.

In phrases of the fare construction, air routes have been divided into seven sections based mostly on journey time. Each such part has its minimal and most fare.

Padhee additionally mentioned: “The regulator is also carrying out strict financial audits so that safety protocols are not scarified due to financial constraints.” Besides, she identified that the Centre has introduced in bio-security or public well being elements in air journey by way of a multi-level method.

Padhee additionally mentioned home airways might be inspired to broaden worldwide operations and that they need to use this era to realize expertise in working long-haul flights.

“There has been massive international expansion by some of the domestic airlines in this period. It is encouraging as post-Covid-19, in the new normal, more passengers will be flown out by Indian carriers,” she mentioned.

On whether or not or not these flights might be maintained submit the graduation of regular worldwide operations, she mentioned: “These airlines have been designated to fly abroad.” — IANS

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