Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Let-us-fly prayer on lips ahead of Puja season

Kolkata: The travel trade fraternity has written to the state government, requesting lifting of curbs on flights from October 1 in view of the festive season. Travel to and from Kolkata usually sees a spurt around Durga Puja and Diwali. With barely two days left in September, there is still no clarity on flights from six cities that currently operate only three days a week.

“With the festive season approaching, there is a lot of demand for travel to and from Kolkata. While Kolkatans who live in other cities want to travel to the city, others want to travel out of the city,” Travel Agents Association of India chairman (east) Manav Soni told TOI.

Sources said Kolkata airport authorities had spoken to the state on the issue following queries on social media from travellers intending to travel in October and had been told that there was no plan to lift the curbs just yet. The authorities have also written to the ministry of civil aviation and hope officials will take up the issue with the state government.

“As of now, we will continue with the ongoing restrictions with flights from the six cities allowed to operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Unless there is a communication from the government, there won’t be any changes,” the official said.

Travel agents are hoping the state will relax the norms keeping the festive season in mind. “International flights are starting. Various sectors are opening up. The state has announced that theatres will be allowed to function. We must be positive about flights. They will bring in business and travellers that the state needs to get the economy going,” said Travel Agents Federation of India chairman (east) Anil Punjabi.

29/09/20 Subhro Niyogi/Times of India

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