Monday, May 25, 2020

LGBI Airport in Guwahati Resumes Operations with 'Minimum Touch' Policy

Guwahati: After 60 days of suspension, domestic airlines were today once again operationalized and on day one of the resumption, the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) airport in Assam's Guwahati city, in a quiet yet efficient manner, handled 8 flights with over 200 passengers. Sanjeev Jindal, Regional Executive Director of the Airports Authority of India, informed The Sentinel Digital that the airlines are providing "almost touch free" services to the passengers in order to reduce the risk of an outbreak of the cornavirus contagion. "All stakeholders got together and we found out the alternate ways how without stamping even the boarding passes. All these things are in place in all the Northeast airports", said Jindal.
Jindal also said that out of the 12 airports in the Northeast, only 2 airports – Guwahati and Imphal – are handling flights. He said that all the airports will be fully operational from May 28 onwards, as travel restrictions that are in place in Cyclone Amphan-hit West Bengal are eased.
On any given day, the Guwahati airport used to handle at least 130 flights, however, to ease the burden on the already stressed health machinery, the number of flights has been reduced significantly. Assam Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who reached the airport in the morning to take stock of the situation, informed that the the number of flights is expected to go up post May 27, as Northeast Indians suffering in the aftermath of the destructive Cyclone Amphan seek to make a return after Bengal laxes its restrictions.
Meanwhile, the airport authority in Guwahati has made every arrangement to ensure that the social distancing norms are followed to reduce the risk of an outbreak and white and yellow circles have been made to for that purpose. Counters like these have been set up outside the arrival lounge so that people going to other parts of Assam & northeast can be assisted and taken for quarantine. Details are being collected of every passenger.
Assam State Transport Corporation, at the same time, has made arrangements to ferry flyers to their destinations, some even for free. Other state governments have also made similar arrangements, and there efforts are being made to ensure the smooth transit of passengers in these trying corona times.
25/05/20 Sentinel Assam
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