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Maharashtra Government will initiate minimum domestic flights: Uddhav Thackeray tells Aviation Minister

In his address on Sunday, the Chief Minister informed that the Maharashtra government wants to make air travel operational but needs additional time to plan.

Maharashtra Government will initiate minimum domestic flights: Uddhav Thackeray tells Aviation Minister
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday said that the state government will initiated minimum operation of domestic flights restricting it to the medical emergencies, transferring of international passengers and students. 

Uddhav Thackeray spoke to Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and informed that till the time Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) polishes airport operations, certain cases can be allowed for domestic flights on compassionate grounds but purely emergent in nature. 

“He communicated his views that till the time MIAL plans and fine-tunes airport operations,  they should initiate minimum possible domestic flights from Maharashtra from May 25th which are purely emergent in nature (sic)," the official handle of CMO Maharashtra tweeted. 

Thackeray said that the movement of the airport staff will also be checked. 

In his address on Sunday, the Chief Minister informed that the Maharashtra government wants to make air travel operational but needs additional time to plan. The state government is yet to chalk out rules for domestic air travellers coming in Maharashtra. 

Earlier on Saturday, the Maharashtra government refused any flights in the state and especially in Mumbai. The state government said that it will only consider flights for an emergency. The centre had announced that domestic air travel will resume from May 25. 

Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh had also expressed his displeasure over the decision to resume flights from Mumbai. He said that it was impossible to have autos/cabs/buses ply in current circumstances in red zones and mere thermal scanning of passengers was not sufficient. 

The centre on May 21 announced that the guidelines for domestic air travel and said that the travel fare will have a minimum and maximum limit. Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri stated that the government will direct lower and upper limit on the fare for air travel and the airlines will have to adhere to the same during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Moreover, the Aviation Minister announced the newly classified flight routs in seven categories and said that all routes will fall within these seven slots for three months. 

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