Monday, July 27, 2020

Flyers flock to first direct Delhi flights in 3 weeks

Kolkata: Flight operations resumed on Sunday after a day’s suspension with airlines adjusting to start-stop operations following the twice-a-week lockdown in Bengal. The passenger count was around 10% higher than in recent days with several of those, whose flights had been suddenly cancelled at a few hours’ notice on Friday, undertaking their journey on Sunday.
Though 60 flights departed on Sunday, the spotlight was on two flights to Delhi, one operated by Vistara and the other by GoAir. For years, Kolkata has had the best connectivity with Delhi but the link was severed on July 6 when the state government had banned flights from six cities, including the national capital, citing high Covid cases there. Though there is no embargo on flights from Kolkata to these cities, no airline has operated one way flights, pointing out logistical challenges.

Despite the two flights being introduced late in the week, both operated with good loads. “If more flights operate on the Kolkata-Delhi and Kolkata-Mumbai sectors, they will get decent loads as there is good demand on both sectors for not just passengers intending to travel to these cities but even those booked on Vande Bharat flights to the US, the UK or the Gulf. Till now, passengers, who must travel to these cities, have been flying via another city,” said a travel agent.
27/07/20 Times of India
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