Friday, September 11, 2020

Goa airport sees uptick in passengers

Panaji: Ever since Goa dropped the restrictions on entry into the state, Covid-19 testing at the entry points, and quarantine requirements, the number of domestic scheduled flights has increased along with the number of passengers on these flights. Goa International Airport has received requests for slots from domestic airlines and expects air connectivity between Goa and other states to improve by September 20.
Compared to the five to six flights that Goa was handling on May 25 when flights resumed, the Airports Authority of India is now handling between 16-20 flights per day.
By September 20, Goa Airport expects that the number of domestic flights could increase to 30 per day, which though far from the 90 flight movements in the pre-Covid era, is an encouraging sign, said Goa airport director Gagan Malik. “The upswing continues for Goa International Airport. There’s a new connection by Indigo to Mumbai from Goa departing at 8.15am on all days from September 9,” said Malik.
“(There are) many more connections on the path,” said Malik.
Air India started connecting flights between Goa and Surat from September 6 onwards though the flight will operate only on Sundays. From September 5, IndiGo started an additional Mumbai-Goa-Mumbai flight only on Saturdays.
11/09/20 Newton Sequeira/Times of India
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