Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Airport authorities seek more flights as passengers increase

Ranchi: Authorities from the Birsa Munda Airport in Ranchi have requested the State Government to provide at least five more flights citing an increase in the passenger density owing to relaxations in the lockdown curbs.

The airport was operating at a flight frequency of less than half of the usual frequency since resumption of flight services in May end.

“We have requested the government to provide us more flights as the count of passengers is increasing. They are considering our request,” said airport director Vinod Sharma. “We would require at least five more flights to meet the demand of passengers,” he added. Jharkhand’s largest and busiest airport in the state capital had at least 30 flights connecting the state to almost all major cities across India before a nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 24.

However, once flight services resumed on May 25, the Ranchi airport was permitted to operate only seven flights, airport officials said. While the count of flights gradually increased to 10 by August end, the number was still less than half of the number of flights that took off from Ranchi before lockdown.
02/09/20 Pioneer
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