Domestic flights resume in India after two months

- A Monitor Desk Report 26 May, 2020 | 581 Views|-+
Dhaka: Domestic passenger air travel restarted operations on May 25 in India after two months of suspension amid the coronavirus pandemic.

However, many states were against opening their airports, causing around 630 flights to be cancelled.

According to reports, around 630 domestic flights of May 25 were cancelled due to the Centre's announcement on May 24 night that there would be no flights in West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, and limited operations at major airports such as Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad.

As a result, many passengers reached the airports on May 25 only to hear from the airline staff that their flights have been cancelled.

Hardeep Sing Puri, Union Civil Aviation Minister, said on May 25 evening, "From no domestic passenger flights yesterday 532 flights and 39,231 passengers today, action has returned to Indian skies. With Andhra Pradesh set to resume operations from tomorrow and West Bengal from May 28, these numbers are all set to increase futher."

Reports say that on May 22 booking had opened for around 1,100 domestic flights for May 25.

The first flight on Monday took off from Delhi for Pune at 4:45 am under strict regulations recommended by civil aviation authorities. The first flight from Munbai was to Patna at 6:45 am.

The airlines were allowed to operate only one-third of their pre-lockdown domestic services forcing them to further rework their flight schedules since May 24.

Sates like Maharashtra, West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, home to some of the busiest airports in the country, were reluctant to resume domestic flight services, citing increasing COVID-19 cases there.

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