Some airlines in Thailand are preparing to restart domestic flights on 1 May with distancing and temperature screening measures in place.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand met with representatives from 20 airlines to discuss guidelines and rules for the resumption of flights, the Tourism Authority of Thailand said on 26 April. Of those, low-cost carriers Thai AirAsia and Thai Lion Air have said they will start flights.

The measures in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19 onboard include selling tickets for 70% of a plane’s capacity and passengers wearing their own masks at all times, while crew will wear masks, gloves and face shields. In-flight meal services will be suspended and passengers may not bring their own food and beverages onboard.

Thai AirAsia said on 24 April that passengers will have their temperature checked prior to boarding and will only be allowed to bring one small bag weighing under 5 kg on board.

Cabin crew and other operational staff will also have their temperature checked before and after duty, while aircraft, shuttle buses, service counters and check-in kiosks will be disinfected on a daily basis, the airline said in a statement.

International passenger flights have been barred from landing in the country since 4 April.