Tuesday, July 07, 2020

‘Over 9,000 people have flown into southern dists in June’

Madurai: More than 9,419 people have reached Madurai and other southern districts through the Madurai airport in June, according to data available with the Airports Authority of India (AAI).
It includes 1,372 passengers from other countries, who were repatriated under the Vande Bharat Mission and 1,089, who arrived using charter flights. A total of 6,963 domestic passengers from various destinations have arrived at the airport through 104 flights.
Madurai airport director, S Senthil Valavan told TOI that almost 80% of the passengers, who returned from abroad, were natives of Madurai and southern districts. Remaining passengers were from central districts like Trichy and Pudukottai. Valavan said that health teams are available to test passengers, before allowing them to leave the terminal.
Airport sources said that although Trichy airport is connected with more international destinations for regular flights, the highest number of flights from other countries are now operated to Madurai to bring back the stranded. With more international flights scheduled to arrive at Madurai, eyebrows have been raised over letting in a large number of people at a time when the Covid-19 infection rate has been rising in the city.
07/07/20 V Devanathan/Times of India

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