Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Airlines drop plan of one-way trips from Calcutta

Fifty domestic flights between Calcutta and six cities — including Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai — were cancelled on Monday, the first day of the two-week suspension of flights from the six cities to Bengal following a request from the state government.

Since the state had asked the Centre to suspend Calcutta-bound flights from these cities, some private airlines were planning to operate flights from Calcutta to those places. But they had to abandon the plan for the time being because of logistical problems, an airport official said.

“The airlines could not deploy aircraft coming to Calcutta from other cities to the six places because of logistic issues,” the official said. “On Monday, 42 flights operated out of Calcutta, compared with 67 on Sunday.”
Most of the cancelled flights were bound for Delhi and Mumbai.

Last Tuesday, Bengal chief secretary Rajiva Sinha had written to the Centre, requesting it not to schedule any domestic flight to the state from places with a high incidence of Covid-19. In the letter, Sinha had requested for suspension of flights for two weeks from July 6 from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai, Indore, Ahmedabad and Surat to Calcutta and Bagdogra.

Hundreds of people have rescheduled their booking, while hundreds others have cancelled their tickets.

Reema Wadhwa was scheduled to take an AirAsia flight to Delhi on July 10 with husband Deepak Khatwani and their six-month-old son.

“My husband is in Delhi. He was supposed to take a SpiceJet flight the same morning and take us back,” said Reema, who has been staying with her parents on Park Street since her childbirth.
07/07/20 Telegraph

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