Monday, March 23, 2020

Coronavirus climbs, flights grounded in India

New Delhi: More than half of scheduled flights from Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru were cancelled on Sunday as India registered a climb in coronavirus cases, data show.

According to Flightradar24, a real-time flight-tracking service, departures from Delhi have plummeted to 258 on March 22 from 673 flights on February 22.

Mumbai witnessed a similar trend, with 137 departures recorded on Sunday compared to 450 exactly a month ago. As many as 425 flights were originally scheduled to take off from the country's financial capital on Sunday.

In Bengaluru, the number has gone down from 348 departures to 154. Otherwise, about 346 planes were scheduled to fly out from the southern IT hub on Sunday.
The flight data show a gradual drop since February as the number of COVID-19 cases increased and governments world over imposed restrictions on international travel.

India recorded its first fall in air traffic on February 28 when three scheduled flights from Delhi, two from Mumbai and 12 from Bengaluru did not take off.

The pattern remained broadly consistent until March 16, after which the gap between actual and scheduled departures widened considerably.

With the coronovirus restrictions grounding flights, airports are also running out of parking space for aircraft globally, aviation sources say.
23/03/20 Ankit Kumar/India Today
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