KATHMANDU, Sep 17: The government has decided to operate domestic flights from September 21. Despite the risk of COVID-19, the government has opened domestic flights targeting the festive season.
Even though domestic flights are open, everyone will have to follow health safety procedures while traveling. The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has set safety standards for all airports, passengers, and airline companies. According to the health safety standards, the passengers must wear a mask, and those who are traveling will only be allowed to enter the airport.
They have urged elderly people over age 70, pregnant women, and people with chronic diseases not to travel as far as possible. Likewise, those traveling by aircraft will have to bring their backup mask, sanitizer, handkerchief, or towel. The temperature of the passenger will be measured at the airport.
Similarly, the passengers will have to maintain the social distance of at least 1 meter and will have to fill a declaration form at the airport where they have to disclose their address and destination. The airline companies will be allowed to carry only 30-50 percent passengers, and they must disinfect passengers and their luggage as much as possible.
Also, the passengers will not be allowed to use toilets inside the aircraft, and the services for passengers, including reading magazines, has been suspended. The passengers are also requested to have minimum use of luggage.