Saturday, June 20, 2020

Flier movement down to 30% at Ahmedabad airport

Ahmedabad: Though the city airport has resumed operations, there is barely any passenger movement, thanks to the limited number of flights. People’s apprehensions about travelling is another factor.
Ever since flight operations resumed from May 25 at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport in Ahmedabad, only about one-third of scheduled flights have been in service. Sources said that passenger movement is 30% or less of a normal day’s figure.
Sources said that most flights are operating with 50% passenger load. “Several flights are getting cancelled due to inadequate passenger loads,” said an airline’s ground staff member. “Only those attending to emergencies are taking flights.”

On Friday, three flights — to Chandigarh, Hyderabad, and Delhi — were cancelled, confirmed sources. Travel agents have been hit. “The tourism industry is already in the doldrums. Leisure travel has completely stopped,” said Manish Sharma, secretary, Travel Agents’ Federation of India (TAFI), Gujarat chapter. “Even corporates have imposed major travel restrictions due to which business travel has also come to a standstill.”
20/06/20 Times of India
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