Air India Express, Alliance Air To Ban Single-Use Plastic From Oct. 2
Staff of Air India flight A321 at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India (Photographer: Pankaj Nangia/Bloomberg News

Air India Express, Alliance Air To Ban Single-Use Plastic From Oct. 2

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Air India Ltd. announced that the usage of single-use plastic on the flights of its subsidiaries —Air India Express and Alliance Air —will stop from Oct. 2. In the second phase, the single-use plastic will be banned in all Air India flights, it said.

In his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged people to shun single-use plastic and encouraged usage of jute and cloth bags to protect the environment.

“Air India is going to ban single-use plastic from Oct. 2. In first phase it will implement in all flights of Air India Express and Alliance Air flights. In second phase, it will be implemented in Air India flights,” an Air India spokesperson said.

He said banana chips and sandwiches on Alliance Air flights and Air India Express flights will be packed in butter paper pouches instead of plastic pouches from Oct. 2. Cake slices uplifted in snack boxes will be replaced with muffins to avoid the present plastic wrapping, the spokesperson said.

He said crew meal cutlery will be replaced with light weight steel cutlery and only sturdy paper cups would be used to serve tea and coffee. For special meals that are ordered and paid for by passengers in advance, the crew of Alliance Air and Air India Express will only use “eco-friendly birch wood cutlery” from Oct. 2, the spokesperson said.

According to the environment ministry, about 20,000 tonne of plastic waste is generated every day in the country and out of which only 13,000-14,000 tonnes are collected.

Also read: Be Prepared To Scrap Single-Use Plastic In Delhi, Says Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal

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