Centre bans on-board catering on flights with less than 2 hrs of flying time
GUWAHATI: No meals would be served by airlines to passengers that have a duration of fewer than two hours, the Civil Aviation Ministry said on Monday.
The direction came in response of the surging coronavirus cases across the country.
As per the ministry, the ban will come into effect from Thursday.
Earlier when domestic flights were resumed on May 25 last year after coronavirus lockdown, the ministry had allowed the airlines to serve in-flight meals under certain conditions.
Airlines were permitted to serve only pre-packed snacks, meals and pre-packed beverages on flights that have a duration of more than two hours.
Scheduled international flights have been suspended in India since 23 March 2020, due to the pandemic.
India has recorded 1, 68,912 new infections on Monday. The active cases have surpassed the 12-lakh mark, while the toll increased to 1, 70,179 with 904 more deaths, the highest since 18 October.