<p>The Hindon civil terminal’s lone long-haul flight service also resumed on Monday after two months, as a Sta…Read More
GHAZIABAD: The Hindon civil terminal’s lone long-haul flight service also resumed on Monday after two months, as a Star Air flight from Hubli in Karnataka landed with 30 passengers on board at 4.30pm. The 50-seater aircraft departed for Hubli with 17 passengers some 40 minutes later. Passengers who will stay for more than a week will be placed under quarantine for 14 days.
A number of passengers who took the first flight to Ghaziabad included defense personnel and teachers, who had been stranded in different districts of Karnataka due to the lockdown.
“I had gone to Belgaum in March this year with my family and got stuck there, so when the resumption of flight services was announced, I opted for Hubli-Hindon route and booked three tickets without wasting any time,” said Nilesh Dhamnekar, an IAF personnel desperate to rejoin his duty in Delhi.
“I was not sure whether I would get tickets for Delhi and in times like these, landing at Ghaziabad airport hardly made any difference. Anyway, I will have to remain under quarantine from another 14 days before resuming work,” he added.
But for the flyers, it was a complete new airport experience. “We reached Hubli airport three hours in advance. I realised things have changed a lot, thermal screening was carried out and we were provided with hand sanitisers and masks at the airport. And only after we signed an undertaking that we were allowed to board the plane,” said Dhamnekar.
Shobha Bhardwaj, director of Hindon civil terminal, said they had made prior preparations and a system was put in place to sanitise passengers and their luggage.
District magistrate Ajay Shankar Pandey said that most of the passengers who landed at Hindon were from outside Ghaziabad. “The flyers were from Delhi, Haryana and western UP districts, so we have informed the authorities concerned and as per rule they will have to ensure that the passengers remain under institutional quarantine for seven days and remaining seven days in home isolation,” he said.