Thursday, May 28, 2020

Flight movement at airport increases

Pune: A total of 20 flight movements — inbound and outbound — were recorded at the city airport till 8.30pm on Wednesday — three more than that on entire Monday, the day the domestic plane services resumed after Covid-19 lockdown.
The number is expected to go up significantly because the city airport is known for heavy traffic of red-eye flights, which operate late in the night. On Tuesday, as many as 28 flight operations were recorded at the Lohegaon facility — almost double in comparison to Monday’s 17.
“There was no flight cancellation on Tuesday unlike Monday. Though the schedule isn’t final for Thursday, we are expecting an addition of some more flights,” an airport official said.

On Monday, a total of 1,657 flyers travelled to and from the airport and 2,153 on Tuesday. “Till 8.30pm on Wednesday, a total of 1,618 passengers have flown in and out of the airport. As many as 1,208 passengers flew out and 410 arrived,” the official added.

The city traffic police said over 60 private cab drivers had been given permission to ferry passengers from the airport.
“We have been running the ‘Dial an Autorickshaw’ service, which is concentrating on the airport rides. Around 60-70 cabs have been given permission to ply exclusively for passengers arriving at the airport. The passengers can book them on way home from the airport. These cabs are, however, not for passengers coming to the airport. Those coming to the airport can travel in their personal vehicles or autorickshaws,” Surendra Deshmukh, the assistant commissioner of police (traffic), told TOI.
28/05/20 Joy Sengupta/Times of India
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