5-year-old flies alone to Bengaluru, meets mom after 3 months

The boy, who was stranded in Delhi due to lockdown, arrived in the city with a special category pass

Carrying a 'special category' pass, the boy was welcomed by his mother at the Kempegowda airport in Bengaluru. Photo: ANI

As domestic flight operations resumed across the country on Monday (May 25), it was time for five-year-old son Vihaan Sharma to meet his mother after a long gap of three months.

The boy who had been stuck in Delhi due to the COVID-19 lockdown travelled alone to Bengaluru on a plane from the national capital. Carrying a ‘special category’ pass, he was welcomed by his mother at the Kempegowda airport in Bengaluru.

“Welcome home, Vihaan! #BLRairport is constantly working towards enabling the safe return of all our passengers (SIC),” authorities tweeted on the handle of Bengaluru airport.

On May 25, the airport witnessed the departure of the first passenger aircraft after two months to Ranchi that at 5.30 am with 176 passengers. The first arrival was a flight from Chennai at 7.35 am with 113 passengers.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka government has made it mandatory for passengers travelling from states, where COVID-19 cases were high, to undergo a seven-day quarantine at its centres by paying the required charges. The states include Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

However, pregnant women, children under 10 years and people over 80 years can be in home quarantine if they test negative for the disease. The same applies to persons coming from low-prevalence states.

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