6 June 2020, Kathmandu
The government is mulling to resume the operation of the domestic airport in the first phase.
COVID-19 Crisis Management Center (CCMC) has proposed the High-Level Committee to loosen the lockdown and reopen domestic flights from June 15.
The proposal prepared by CCMC and submitted to the High-Level Coordination Committee for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 has advised reopening domestic flights carrying 40% of its capacity.
The proposal will come into effect only after the High-Level committee approves and the council of Minister ratifies it as well.
As per the proposal, the domestic flights will be allowed to operate from June 15 carrying 40% of their capacity. Once approved, the planes with the capacity of 72 seats will carry only 28 passengers at a time.
Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has come up with 10 main rules that all passengers must follow after the flight opens.
As per the rules, wearing a face mask has been made mandatory for passengers and the authorities will be allowing only passengers to enter the airport, not visitors.
Passengers should mention their condition on the form along with their health report and will have to leave a place while waiting in line or resting inside the airport.
All the passengers have to use a sanitizer when entering or exiting the aircraft and temperature will be checked before entering the terminal building and boarding the aircraft.
Likewise, passengers will have to fill in all the details in the form including where they are, where they are going and contact number.
The health desk at Tribhuvan International Airport will scan all passengers arriving in Nepal with thermal guns and thermal cameras.
Also, passengers will have to maintain a social distance after boarding and it is mandatory to maintain distance from each other while talking at the counter.
The line is lined up for sitting and it is also written which seat to sit on while resting.