According to Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) statement, a total of 74 flights were canceled on Monday. As flight operations in the country resumed after two months on Monday, Bengaluru airport stepped up security measures, there was some disappointment over canceled flights, and many passengers were happy to return home.
Among the passengers was a five-year-old boy from Delhi who came to Bangalore alone on a ‘five special category’ ticket.
Vihaan Sharma was at his grandparents’ house in New Delhi for the last three months. On Monday, his mother Manjish Sharma came to Bangalore to receive Vihaan.
Airport officials brought Vihaan outside the exit area, where his mother was waiting to pick him up. Vihaan was wearing a yellow jacket and mask with a special class passenger to read a placard. He was also seen holding a mobile phone in his hand.
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Speaking to reporters at the airport, Manjeet Sharma said, “My son was at his grandparents’ house in Delhi for the last three months. Once the flight started operations, we booked the first flight for her to come back to Bangalore. ”
Union Minister d. V. Sadanand Gowda banned quarantine
After landing at the Bengaluru airport, Union Minister and BJP MP from Bengaluru Sadanand Gowda got into controversies and left institutional quarantine by sitting directly in his private car.
If they test negative for COVID-19 from an ICVR approved laboratory, the flights will not leave those coming for work required for Karnataka in flights. (Photo courtesy: BIAL)
Gowda landed in Delhi from Bangalore. Defending himself, the Union Minister said, “I am the Minister in charge of the Department of Pharmaceuticals, which comes under the necessary supplies, I am subject to the exemption clause and hence the institutional quarantine was allowed to be dropped. As a pharma minister, I need to examine production, supply and ensure that it reaches the final point, it is my responsibility. ”
Meanwhile, the Karnataka government also came to her rescue. Karnataka Education Minister and Kovid-19 spokesperson in the state, S Suresh Kumar said, “Sadanada Gowda is relieved in his capacity as a minister associated with the pharma sector. The Center had issued orders to exempt such people who deal with the quarantine norms in the required areas. ”
Passenger upset due to flight cancellation
On Monday, many passengers were disappointed at Bengaluru airport as several flights were canceled.
As of 5 pm on Monday evening, Bengaluru Airport registered a total of 74 air traffic movements, including 43 departures and 31 arrivals. (Photo courtesy: BIAL)
According to a statement by Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), a total of 74 flights were canceled on Monday. Passengers on Air India Bengaluru-Hyderabad flight complained that the airline had not given any prior notice of cancellation of the flight.
“We came to know that the flight was canceled when our boarding pass was scanned at our airport entry,” said a passenger.
After the suspension of the two-month airline in the country, the first flight, an AirAsia India service to Ranchi, took off from Bengaluru airport at 5.15 am.
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As of 5 pm on Monday evening, Bengaluru Airport registered a total of 74 air traffic movements, including 43 departures and 31 arrivals. The first arrival was from Chennai to Indigo at 7.35 am.
“The innovative contactless process and rigorous operational procedures initiated to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission ensured that all passengers had a seamless airport experience. BIL said that the Bangalore airport operators would continue to work closely with various government departments to ensure that air travelers follow the new quarantine policy.
Passengers from the Red Zone areas were transferred to institutional quarantine centers by the Government of Karnataka. (Photo courtesy: BIAL)
Passengers coming from the Red Zone areas were transferred to institutional quarantine centers by the Government of Karnataka. After compulsory thermal screening and checks, passengers of the Red Zone were taken to Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses to quarantine hotels. More than 10 BMTC buses and ten ambulances were stationed in the airport premises to transfer passengers to quarantine facilities in various parts of the city.
The Karnataka government has issued a Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) to put all domestic flight passengers from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh under seven-day institutional quarantine, which will be followed by home quarantine.
According to the SOP issued by the state Health Department, returns will be tested from 5th to 7th day in institutional quarantine. After testing negative for the disease, he will be sent to home quarantine for another seven days. The SOP states that home quarantine is permitted after a negative test by pregnant women, people above 80, patients with comorbidity, and children under 10 years of age, as well as an attendant.
The Health Department said in the SOP that people coming from Karnataka for essential work on flights will not be barred from showing reports from ICMR-accredited labs.