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Punjab govt allows two international flights a day at Mohali, Amritsar | Chandigarh News

CHANDIGARH: To facilitate return of Indians stranded abroad, the Punjab government has allowed two flights to land in a day at Mohali and Amritsar international airports during Unlock 2.0.
Punjab director of civil aviation department Girish Dayalan said on Saturday that the final policy for the landing of flights carrying Indians stranded abroad at Mohali and Amritsar international airports has been finalised. He said the state civil aviation department had been receiving requests from various airlines — charter and other operators — to land flights at Mohali and Amritsar airports. He added that the state government would grant permissions to these flights to land in Mohali and Amritsar, subject to fulfilment of certain conditions.
All international passengers arriving in the state must undergo institutional quarantine for seven days followed by home quarantine for seven days, according to the guidelines of the Union ministry of home affairs as well as the Punjab government.
According to the guidelines, the airlines may ensure that the flights carrying the passengers of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and UT Chandigarh may land at Mohali airport while passengers from Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh may land at Amritsar airport. Dayalan said after consultation with the district administration, looking into the capacity of handling incoming passengers and to ensure proper institutional quarantine, arrival of flights has been staggered to permit only two flights a day, at either of the airports. However, he added that under exceptional circumstances, more flights can be considered.
According to the guidelines, respective state governments may designate their nodal officers from whom no objection certification or permission is to be sought and who will be responsible for making arrangements to collect or transport their passengers to their respective states.
If all the passengers are from Punjab, the airlines or charter flights have to apply for permission to the office of the director civil aviation, Punjab. For passengers from other states, before applying to director civil aviation, they will have to seek permission or NOC from the nodal officer of the state concerned. Airlines or charter flights will also have to supply an undertaking from the nodal officer. Such airlines or charter flights are also required to give a soft copy of the flight manifest in the specified format clearly mentioning destination states and districts while applying for the permission.
Airlines or charter flights are required to apply for the permission at least two days before the intended date of arrival at Mohali or Amritsar. Those travelling to Punjab need to download Cova app and should make bookings in advance in hotels for their institutional quarantine through the app.

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