Thursday, July 23, 2020

Flights on but airport transport uncertain

Calcutta: Flights will operate to and from the Calcutta airport during the lockdown on Thursday, Saturday and next Wednesday, airport officials said, but there might not be any public transport for passengers.

A state government official said flights were not on the list of exempted services in the order issued for the lockdown on July 23, 25 and 29.

“Our orders are very clear as to what all services are exempted. Flights and trains don’t fall in the exempted category,” a state government official said on Wednesday. “But if flights operate, we will not stop them.”

The official did not comment on whether public transport would be available at the airport for arriving passengers or for those on their way to the airport to catch a flight. The state government has not exempted public transport either.

Another government official said they were yet to decide whether people travelling in private vehicles to the airport would be stopped or not.
23/07/20 Sanjay Mandal/Telegraph
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