Maharashtra Says No To Resuming Domestic Flight Operations


The Maharashtra govt on Saturday clarified that it has not amended its lockdown policy dated May 19 and may not allow domestic flight operation till the end of the month even as the Centre plans resumption of domestic flights from May 25 Monday.

As per the lockdown guidelines of Maharashtra government all domestic and international air travel, except for domestic medical services, domestic air ambulance, and for security purposes as permitted by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), will continue to remain prohibited across the state.

In an official communication, the Maharashtra government on Saturday told Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) that till such time that it plans and fine-tunes airport operations, there should be minimum possible domestic flights from the state.

It has further clarified that flights should operate only for medical emergency, students, international transfer of passengers, and other cases on compassionate grounds starting May 25


The Centre govt made the decision to resume the domestic flight operations and there was no consultation with the state, the Uddhav Thackeray government said.

The state needs time to decide on the Standard Operating Protocols (SOP) over air travel, adding that “outside airport, everything becomes state government’s responsibility”, the Maharashtra Government said.

Therefore, the Maharashtra government has decided to wait for a discussion with the Center before changing lockdown protocols for flight operation.

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri on Wednesday announced that domestic passenger flight operations will recommence in a calibrated manner from Monday, May 25, 2020.


All scheduled commercial passenger flights remain suspended in India since March 25, when the country went into lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus.

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