Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Bengal ‘wants’ 6-city flight ban to stay

The state government is likely to seek continuation of the ban on flights from six cities of high Covid prevalence, including Delhi and Mumbai, to Calcutta beyond July 31, officials said on Tuesday.

The government will also request the civil aviation ministry not to operate flights to and from Calcutta on the days of complete lockdown twice a week, the officials said.

“The ban on flights from the six cities in all likelihood will continue because the Covid situation there has not improved. In Bengal, too, the count of fresh cases is not reducing. We will ask the central government for continuation of the ban,” an official of the Bengal government said.

Flights to Calcutta from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Pune, Ahmedabad and Nagpur were suspended on July 6, following a request from the Bengal government, because of a surge in the number of Covid-19 cases there. The ban was till July 19 but was later extended till July 31.

Officials of several airlines said they were not aware of any extension of the ban and have scheduled flights between Calcutta and the six cities post-July 31.
29/07/20 Telegraph
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