Imphal airport readied, curfew norms eased

IMPHAL, 23rd May: Airports Authority of India (AAI), Imphal International Airport has begun testing its preparedness for commencement of flight operations around 2 pm Saturday.
According to an official statement, flight operations are slated to commence from 9 am May 25 and all stakeholders concerned will be taking take part in the exercise.
The statement continued: “It is felt that passengers and the people in general are required to be sensitised on the dos and don'ts in the wake of SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Media coverage of the event will not only help carry the message to the soon-to-be passengers but also prepare the masses for future air travel in pandemic situations".
In sync with the preparation for operation of flight services, thermal scanners have been installed at Imphal airport on Saturday.
As the resumption of flight service from May 25 would necessitate movement of passengers who are to board or who disembark from flights, the state government has added flyers and relatives who come to drop or pick up passengers among the categories exempted from possessing curfew passes for movement.
A statement issued in this regard by chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu informed that boarding passes or tickets either in electronic form or paper would be taken as curfew pass to move between residence and airport.
Persons coming to drop or pick up their relatives can also use boarding passes or tickets to move between residence and airport. All authorised taxis (with transport department permit) are also allowed to ply to pick and drop passengers coming by flight, the order stated. Mention may be made that chief minister N Biren in a press conference on Friday stated that the government is all set to take up the same measures at the airport to ensure testing of all the passengers before sending them for home quarantine. However, the office memorandum issued by the chief secretary is literally allowing relatives and taxis to pick up passengers coming by flight which contradicts the statement made by the chief minister on Friday.

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