“The last domestic flight that he operated was on March 21 from Chennai to Delhi,” said a SpiceJet spokesperson.
New Delhi| SpiceJet said on Sunday that one of its pilots who did not fly any international flight in March has tested positive for the coronavirus.
“One of our colleagues, a first officer with SpiceJet, has tested positive for COVID-19. The test report came on March 28. He did not operate any international flight in March 2020,” a spokesperson of the airline told PTI.
“The last domestic flight that he operated was on March 21 from Chennai to Delhi and since then he had quarantined himself at home,” he added.
As a precautionary measure, the spokesperson said, all crew and staff who had been in direct contact with him have been asked to self-quarantine by staying at home for the next 14 days.
The safety of our passengers and employees is our topmost priority. We have been diligently following the guidelines issued by the WHO and the Government of India. All our aircraft are being disinfected thoroughly since the end of January and the disinfectants used are as per the WHO standards,” a SpiceJet spokesperson said. The company also said the pilot is being provided with appropriate medical care.
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India is currently under a 21-day lockdown till April 14 to stop the spread of the COVID-19, and consequently, all international and domestic flights have been suspended for this period.
Across India, almost 1000 have contracted COVID-19 infection so far, at least 25 have died. The highly contagious disease has infected over 6.6 lakh people across the world, killed more than 31,000.