Airlines may resume food on flights with less than 2-hour duration. Here's what health ministry said

  • The ban on serving food on flights of less than two hours duration came into effect on April 15 during the devastating second wave of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
During the second wave of the pandemic, the civil aviation ministry allowed meals for flights flying for more than two hours.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
During the second wave of the pandemic, the civil aviation ministry allowed meals for flights flying for more than two hours.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Published on Nov 13, 2021 03:49 PM IST
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By | Written by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

The Union ministry of health and family welfare has informed the ministry of civil aviation (MoCA) that meal service can be resumed on flights with less than two hours of journey, reported news agency PTI. The report suggests that MoCA had sought inputs from the health ministry for amending the existing regulations that have barred airlines from providing food to passengers whose air journey is less than two hours.

The ban on serving food on flights of less than two hours duration came into effect on April 15 during the devastating second wave of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic. The health ministry has said that the crew members no longer need to wear coveralls on the flight but they should continue wearing gloves, masks and face shields, reported PTI citing people familiar with the matter.

The scheduled domestic flights were resumed on May 25 last year following two months of nationwide lockdown and in-flight meals were also allowed under certain conditions. During the second wave of the pandemic, the civil aviation ministry, on the suggestion from the health ministry, allowed meals for flights flying for more than two hours, provided the airlines used disposable cutlery and served only pre-packed food.

"The health ministry has now informed that serving food on flights of less than two hours can be resumed and that the crew members need not wear coveralls but should continue to wear gloves, masks and face shields," PTI quoted a person familiar with the development as saying.

The overall active cases have shown a sustained decline, with Saturday recording the lowest in 274 days, according to the health ministry’s latest data. The number of fresh daily infections has been below 20,000 for 36 consecutive days, prompting the ministry to further ease restrictions on airlines-related guidelines.

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