Monday, August 31, 2020

Chennai airport sees most int’l flights since March

Chennai: The city airport has started to see more international flights, including Vande Bharat flights, over the past few days hinting that the state government is relaxing its restrictions on aircraft movement from abroad.
Foreign airlines and Indian carriers have been flying a few services under the ‘air bubble’ scheme permitted by the ministry of civil aviation between cities. However, more flights are scheduled in the coming days, including a service to either Europe or the UK.
On Wednesday, the airport saw its maximum number of international services since lockdown in March – 24 flights, including Vande Bharat, chartered and limited schedule flights, serving destinations like Jeddah, Muscat, Chicago, Kuala Lumpur, Colombo, Mattala, Doha and Kuwait. There were six flights the previous day.
An airport official said international operations are looking up as restrictions are fewer and the Centre is also pushing for point-to-point ‘air bubble’ services. “Many travellers are flying out of the city on flights that return after bringing passengers from abroad,” he added.
A majority of the flights that see leisure travellers are to the UAE, which has begun issuing tourist visas to Indian citizens.
31/08/20 Times of India
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