With domestic flights resuming from 25May, the aviation industry has its hands full with a total of 22 passengers testing Covid-positive in just 3 days. Nineteen of the 22 have been reported in the past 24 hours. On Thursday six passengers, who were on Trujet flight from Chennai to Salem, were tested positive.
There were total 56 people who were on board and all of them have been quarantined, as confirmed by the Salem health department officials. Another 12 passengers from different Indigo flights have tested positive for novel coronavirus. “A few asymptomatic passengers who travelled on IndiGo flights were discovered to be Covid-19 positive on 28 May.
This included 3 passengers on 6E 955 from Delhi to Jammu on 26 May; 6 passengers on board 6E 6992 from Bengaluru to Coimbatore on 27 May; 2 passengers on 6E 908 from Delhi to Coimbatore on 27 May; and 1 passenger on 6E 7214 on 27 May from Bangalore to Madurai. The operating crew has been home quarantined for 14 days and we are in the process of notifying other passengers as per the government guidelines,” Indigo said. Earlier, SpiceJet’s two flights from Ahmedabad to Delhi and subsequently Delhi to Guwahati had two positive cases.
“Two passengers who had travelled with SpiceJet from Ahmedabad to Guwahati on 25 May have tested positive for Covid-19. The passengers had travelled on SG-8194 (Ahmedabad-Delhi) and SG-8152 (Delhi-Guwahati). The operating crew has been quarantined and SpiceJet is coordinating with government agencies in notifying other passengers who had travelled with them and they entire fleet has been sanitised,” an airline spokesperson said.
India on Monday resumed domestic passenger flights after the nationwide lockdown was imposed on 25 March even when several states had asked the Centre to defer its decision to allow domestic flights due to rising coronavirus cases.