NEW DELHI: Air India on Wednesday said a passenger who was onboard an Alliance Air flight from the national capital to Ludhiana has tested positive for coronavirus and a total of 41 people, including five crew members, have been quarantined.
The flight was operated on May 25, when domestic flight services resumed after remaining grounded for two months due to the nationwide lockdown to prevent spreading of coronavirus infections.
Alliance Air, which operates regional flights, is part of Air India.
"A passenger travelling on AI9I837 Delhi-Ludhiana flight of May 25 was found COVID positive on May 26. All the pax (passengers) of this flight are now under quarantine," an Air India spokesperson said.
He also said the airline is following all the norms laid down by the civil aviation ministry and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
In Ludhiana, Civil Surgeon Rajesh Bagga said samples of 10 people who had arrived at the Sahnewal airport on the flight from Delhi on Monday were sent for testing.
Out of those, the samples of a 50-year-old security staff member of Air India tested positive for the virus, he said.
He is a resident of Delhi, Bagga said, adding that he has been sent to a quarantine facility provided by the company.
According to the Air India spokesperson, there were 36 passengers and five crew members in the flight.
On Tuesday, IndiGo said that a passenger who travelled on 6E 381 from Chennai to Coimbatore on May 25 evening tested positive for COVID-19.