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Only two international flights a day to be permitted at Chandigarh International Airport

Multiple requests are being received from various airlines to land flights at the Mohali and Amritsar airport carrying Indians stranded abroad

Only two international flights a day to be permitted at Chandigarh International Airport

Passengers reach the Chandigarh International Airport, Mohali, from Dubai by Indigo flight on Saturday, July 4, 2020. Tribune photo: Vicky

Tribune News Service

Mohali, July 4

The Punjab Civil Aviation, in order to permit staggered arrival of flights, has decided to allow only two international flights per day carrying passengers stranded in various countries at the Chandigarh International Airport.

Divulging details, Girish Dayalan informed that requests were being received from various airlines/charter/other operators to land flights at the Mohali and Amritsar airport carrying Indians stranded abroad.

He said in view of this, during Unlock 2.0, permission would be granted to airlines/charter services/deportation flights to land on the subject to certain conditions.

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“Primarily, to facilitate easier transport, the airlines may ensure that the flights carrying the passengers of other states — Haryana, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh — may land at Mohali while passengers from J&K and Himachal Pradesh may land at Amritsar,” Dayalan added. 

Girish Dayalan said after consultation and keeping in view the capacity of handling incoming passengers and ensuring proper institutional quarantine, the arrival of flights might be staggered allowing only two flights a day at either airport. Under exceptional circumstances, more flights might be considered, he added.

Dayalan said: “The respective state governments may designate their nodal officers from whom an NoC or permission is to be sought and who shall be responsible for making arrangements to collect or transport their passengers to their respective states. The names and the contact details of the nodal officers may be communicated to the office of the Director, Civil Aviation via email.”

The Deputy Commissioner said the airlines/charter/any other operators seeking permission would ensure that if all passengers in the flight are from Punjab, they might apply for permission to the office of the Director, Civil Aviation.

If any passengers in the flight were from states other than Punjab, then before applying for permission to the office of Director, Civil Aviation, they would have to seek permission/NOC from the nodal officer of the state concerned, the DC added.

He said they would also supply an undertaking from the nodal officer of the state concerned that the arrangements for the transport of passengers from the airport to the respective state and further institutional quarantine (in that state) would be made by the respective state government.

The DC added: “They shall give a soft copy of the flight manifest in the specified format clearly giving a breakup of the passengers of Punjab (clearly mentioning destination district) and passengers from the other states while applying for the permission.”

The permission may be applied at least two days before the intended date of arrival. This would facilitate coordination with the other districts/other states for movement of these passengers from the airport. Furthermore, all passengers should be informed of the quarantine requirements of the respective state before boarding/booking the flight.

All passengers from Punjab shall download the COVA App and should make bookings in advance in hotels for their institutional quarantine in their destination districts on the app itself. Pertinently, as per guidelines of the MHA and the government of Punjab, all international passengers arriving into the state must undergo institutional quarantine for the first seven days followed by home quarantine for the next seven days.

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