Amid the ongoing Covid-19 scenario, the Ministry of Civil Aviation on Tuesday said it has allowed airlines to serve meals on all domestic flights. The Aviation Ministry has also allowed magazines and reading material on all flights.

Meal service for short duration flights and reading material were not allowed earlier due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The airlines, operating flights on domestic sectors may provide meal services on board, without restriction on duration of the flight,” the ministry’s order said.

The decision to resume meals and magazines has been taken as “Covid caseload” has reduced due to “proper implementation of appropriate Covid behaviour protocol”, it noted.

When the scheduled domestic flight services were resumed in May 2020 after the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of Covid-19, the ministry had allowed the airlines to serve in-flight meals under certain conditions.

The airlines were allowed to operate at a limited capacity of their schedule, which was periodically increased depending on the health scenario and passenger footfall at airports.

It was only last month, on 18 October, that scheduled domestic flight operations were restored to full 100% capacity.

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