Thursday, June 18, 2020

Airlines slowly add flights; 68 on Thursday in Mumbai

Mumbai: Airlines have been slowly adding flights this week, with Mumbai airport handling 68 scheduled domestic flights on Thursday.
The state government on Monday doubled scheduled domestic flights in/out of the airport to 100 a day. As airlines cannot add flights overnight, the airport on Tuesday handled 52 and on Wednesday, 55.
The 68 flights on Thursday connected to 18 cities, with 34 departures and 34 arrivals, carrying 6,735 passengers, which included 5,030 at departures and 1,705 at arrivals, said a Mumbai International Airport Ltd spokesperson.

Last month, ministry of civil aviation sanctioned 200 flights a day for Mumbai from May 25, when domestic flights resumed after lockdown. But the state government, on the eve of resumption, permitted only 50. The state reduced flights at airports to check spread of coronavirus.

The highest passenger load on departures from Mumbai have been to Delhi. The first flight departed to Kolkata at 6.05am, while the first arrived at 8.30am from Lucknow, operated by SpiceJet and IndiGo respectively.

Meanwhile, the state received 14,203 stranded Indians in 87 repatriation flights so far under Vande Bharat Mission, according to the chief minister’s office. It said 71 flights are scheduled till the month-end.
18/06/20 Times of India
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