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India resumes scheduled International flights after two years of pandemic-induced ban on air travel

India resumed scheduled international flights last night after over two years of pandemic-induced ban on air travel.

The government has announced several relaxations to the existing COVID-19 protocols that will come into effect at airports and flights.

According to the new rules announced by the civil aviation ministry, cabin crew members will no longer be needed to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) kits and security personnel at airports are allowed to resume pat-down search of passengers, wherever needed.

Airlines have also been directed to leave three seats vacant on international flights for medical emergencies and in order to facilitate a smooth conduct of air operations.

Wearing protective face masks and maintenance of hand hygiene is still mandatory at airports and on flights.

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