Centre allows meals, beverages, alcohol in domestic and international flights; revises SOPs guidelines

Now, the ministry has allowed airlines to serve refreshments in both domestic and international flights.

Aug 28, 2020 04:08 IST India Infoline News Service

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The Civil Aviation ministry has once again revised it's Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) guidelines for air travelling under which few restrictions caused due to Covid-19 pandemic has been withdrawn. Now, the ministry has allowed airlines to serve refreshments in both domestic and international flights.

In regards to domestic flights, earlier, the ministry had banned meal services with only water bottle service made available in the gallery are or on seats. Air passengers travelling within India were not allowed to consume any food unless on health conditions.

However, the ministry has directed airlines to serve pre-packed snacks/meals/beverages according to the flight duration, as per the latest guidelines. Apart from this, the entertainment service will be allowed as well.

Coming to the international flights, earlier there was only minimum catering allowed on the basis of flight durations. Also, no beverages service were allowed.

With the latest guidelines in place, now airlines can serve meals, beverages including alcohol during international flights.

For both domestic and international flights - plates, cutlery and tray set-up will be disposable. Also, the ministry continues to ban pouring services but has allowed beverages to be served in disposable containers. Additionally, the cabin crew is required to wear gloves on every meal or beverage service.

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