Monday, July 06, 2020

West Bengal nixes airline’s Andal plan to bypass restrictions

Kolkata/Durgapur: Hours after the civil aviation ministry announced the cancellation of flights to Kolkata from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and three other cities with high prevalence of Covid cases, SpiceJet applied to the ministry for flights from the three metros to Kaji Nazrul Islam Airport (KNIA) in Andal near Durgapur to bypass the curbs.
Flight schedules were drawn up starting Tuesday, a day after the ban would kick in. The air traffic control was asked to be ready for operations. But the plan was nixed by the state government on Sunday evening with both the airline and airport operator being told that flights would not be allowed.
According to sources, SpiceJet officials set the alternate plan in motion immediately after the decision to suspend all flights to Kolkata from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Pune and Nagpur between July 6 and July 19. Officials of Bengal Aerotropolis Pvt Ltd (BAPL), the private airport operator at Andal, said SpiceJet officials called on Saturday evening and disclosed the plans to start daily flights connecting Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai from July 7.
06/07/20 Subhre Niyogi/Times of India
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