Sunday, May 24, 2020

Smaller airports in northeast stare at space crunch

Guwahati: Smaller airports in the northeast are staring at a space constraint as the country prepared for the resumption of domestic flight operations from Monday.
A senior official of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) said even though sufficient buses and transportation facilities for passengers will be available outside the airport, ensuring social distancing inside airports remained a concern, especially if there was any mismatch of arrival or departure schedule.
"Airlines have been given slots to operate one-third of the pre-corona capacity of flights from an airport. Maintaining distancing throughout the check-in process is a concern, as airports have limited floor space in the northeast," said a source in AAI.

All northeast airports are ready to re-open for civil aviation from Monday, but Jorhat and Shillong airports are not yet listed for operations.
According to tentative schedule, about 66 flights will arrive in and depart from Guwahati on the first day of operations, while the number will be 20 in Agartala, followed by 10 in Dibrugarh, eight in Imphal, six in Silchar, and two each in Tezpur and Lilabari airports.
24/05/20 Kangkan Kalita/Times of India
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