While the central government giving a nod to resume the domestic flight operations after two months, long queues of passengers were seen at all major airports across the country on Monday. However, Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport witness a rare glimpse which warmed the hearts of many fellow passengers and airport staff.
A 5-year-old boy who was spotted with a ‘Special Category’ card reunited with his parents after three months. Later identified as Vivan Sharma, the boy went to visit his grandparent living in Delhi and was stuck there from February in the wake of nationwide lockdown. While his grandparents were not allowed to travel due to the lockdown norms, Vivan travelled alone from Delhi to Bengaluru as a special passenger.
Media caught the glimpse of Vivan’s mother receiving him with a big hug. Later speaking to the media, she thanked the crew members and airport authorities for taking care of his son all along the journey.
Civil Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said in a tweet on Monday morning, “Today, we restart domestic flights. India’s civil aviation is always at the forefront.” However, several passengers waiting for their flights in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and other airports complained that their flights were cancelled without any prior notice. While 380 flights that were scheduled for today from New Delhi, 82 were already cancelled by afternoon.