Saturday, March 21, 2020

Dipping flyer count leads to shutdown of airport shops

Kolkata: The international wing of Kolkata airport will be shut down for at least a week from Sunday morning. The domestic terminal will continue to function but the buzz will remain conspicuously absent as flyer count continues to fall. While at least 50 domestic flights are expected to be cancelled on Sunday, with uncertainty over Monday’s situation, many retail and food and beverage outlets at the facility are beginning to down shutters.
“The count of departing passengers in the international wing had declined from over 4,000 a day to barely 300-400 before international flights go off the radar from Sunday morning. Though the facility has been undergoing regular fumigation and clean-up, now that it will be closed, we will be able to undertake a thorough sanitizaton,” an official said. With the possibility of many passengers who passed through the facility being asymptomatic Covid-19 carriers, the clean-up is in order.

Food and beverage, and retail units that are dependant on departing passengers are bleeding with hardly any sales. As they prepared to shut down on Saturday, many were uncertain when they would reopen. Though the closure has been notified for a week, many of them believe that the lockdown could remain in place for quite some time as there is no end in sight to the global pandemic yet.
21/03/20 Times of India
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