The Civil Aviation Ministry of India (MoCA) has allowed airlines to serve hot meals on all domestic flights. The air carriers were barred from serving in-flight meals, which have a duration of less than two hours, since April 15 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ministry has also permitted resumption of magazine and reading materials for passengers on domestic flights, the order noted. “The airlines, operating flights on domestic sectors may provide meal services on board, without restriction on duration of the flight,” the ministry’s order said on Tuesday.

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The decision to resume meals and magazines has been taken as “Covid caseload” has reduced due to “proper implementation of appropriate Covid behavior protocol”, it mentioned. When the scheduled domestic flight services were resumed on May 25 last year after the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus, the ministry had allowed the airlines to serve in-flight meals under certain conditions.

Earlier, Vistara, a Tata-SIA alliance airliner announced to reintroduced in-flight meals across cabins on its domestic network. The domestic airline has also resumed serving hot vegetarian meals in the Economy Glass on its flights within India.

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