Guwahati: On Tuesday, one passenger from Air India Delhi-Ludhiana was tested positive for COVID-19. The flight had a total of 36 passengers according to Air India with four crew members who have been put under institutional quarantine as per the rules of the Punjab Government.
“The passenger who works in the security department of Alliance Air was travelling on a paid ticket. 36 passengers and 4 crew under institutional quarantine as per Punjab government rules,” stated Air India.
On the second day of flight operations in India during the lockdown, the passenger flew on 9I837 Delhi-Ludhiana Air India flight. This is not the first case as earlier, another passenger flying from Chennai to Coimbatore in an Indigo flight was tested positive for COVID-19. This resulted in Indigo to ground the entire crew for 14 days and said they are also trying to reach out to the other passengers of the flight as per government norms. As for the passenger, he has been quarantined at ESI state medical facility in Coimbatore.
On Monday (May 25) India resumed its domestic passenger flights after a hiatus of over two months since the first nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 25.
An average of more than 39,000 passengers flew on the first day of flight operations that resumed across the different states. Additionally, 42,000 passengers flew on the second day. Although some flights were cancelled in the two days itself, airports across the country managed to fly over 1,000 flights in just two days.
Many airline officials stated that several of the flights that operated on Monday were half empty.