As India's nationwide Coronavirus lockdown phase three ends on Sunday, the national air-carrier Air India announced that it is unlikely to resume its domestic operations from May 18, as per sources. However, while all domestic scheduled flights remain suspended, charter flights and evacuation flights will continue its operation. Date of commencement of operation will be stated in due course.
On Saturday, the Airports Authority of India issued an advisory for domestic air passengers, ahead of a possible resumption of flights. The advisory stated that wearing a mask, carrying a hand sanitiser, and registration on the Aarogya Setu app will be mandatory for the passengers while travelling. The DGCA is mulling on resuming domestic air travel as Lockdown 3.0 ends.
On Saturday, the Centre announced structural reforms in eight sectors in the fourth tranche of its economic package amid Coronavirus lockdown. The reforms introduced affect 8 sectors namely - Coal, defence production, minerals, civil aviation (Airports, Airspace Mgmt & MRO), power distribution in UTs, Space and atomic energy. For aviation, FM Sitharaman announced overhauling of Airspace management, making India an MRO hub, relaxing airspace usage and auctioning of airports.
On Tuesday, PM Modi announced a Rs 20 lakh crore economic package - including the previous monetary package and the liquidity measures announced by RBI till date (amounting to 10.26 lakh crore) to kickstart Indian economy's growth. He has also stated that the lockdown will be extended post-May 18, but will have relaxed restrictions. The MHA will announce guidelines of Lockdown 4.0 on Sunday.