Dhaka: Kolkata will not allow passengers on flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Nagpur and Ahmedabad from July 6-19 or until further notice, whichever is earlier, in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, announced the airport officials following the order of the aviation ministry which was taking note of the state government.
"The restriction is for arriving flights (from these cities). Regarding departures, it is up to the airlines," said a Kolkata Airport official.
In a tweet, Kolkata Airport said, "The inconvenience caused is regretted...(this) temporary restriction...is on the request of the state government to restrict movement from high prevalence cities of coronavirus cases in order to contain the spread of COVID-19."
On an average, Kolkata receives 10 flights daily from Delhi, five each from Mumbai and Chennai, two each from Ahmedabad and Pune and one from Nagpur.
Hence, the move will impact about 25 arrivals and as many departures daily.
Meanwhile, the airlines are yet to decide whether they will give refunds to the passengers affected by the flight cancellations or keep the money in a shell for future travel by rescheduling the flights.
On that note, a Vistara spokesperson said, "Following government orders, a total of 56 of our flights to and from Kolkata are being cancelled between July 6 and 19. We continue to follow DGCA guidelines, and are offering passengers refunds on flights cancelled within 14 days of departure."