Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Over 42,000 ferried; 2 test Covid-19 positive

New Delhi: Domestic airlines ferried nearly 42,000 passengers on 325 flights till 5 pm on Tuesday on the second day of resumption of services.
Two travellers were tested positive for coronavirus, perhaps the first time since the flights resumed, while an AirAsia flight carrying 74 people made an emergency landing in Hyderabad.

The air carriers also resorted to cancellation of several flights on the second day of resumption of services due to truncated schedules following requests from several states owing to the coronavirus crisis posing difficulties to hundreds of passengers at several airports.
The number of cancellations was not immediately available though Tuesday's passenger load indicated more travellers taking to flights compared to Monday.

Airlines also began operating from Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday while flights will resume in West Bengal from Thursday that is expected to increase the passenger traffic.

Officials said several of the flights operated on Monday were half empty.
IndiGo airline said one of the passengers who travelled on its Chennai-Coimbatore flight on Monday evening has tested positive for Covid-19.

The low-cost carrier said the passenger was sitting with all precautionary measures like gloves, mask and face shield and he is currently quarantined at a Coimbatore medical facility.

The 24-year-old man has been since shifted to the ESI Hospital for further treatment, officials said.

Though the other passengers in the flight tested negative, they are likely to be home quarantined for 14 days, they said. The exact number of passengers was not known but sources said it could be around 100.
27/05/20 Business Standard
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