Saturday, October 03, 2020

Despite pandemic, passenger count at Kolkata airport touches 1m-mark

Kolkata: The passenger footfall at the Kolkata airport that witnessed a decent take-off after flights resumed in end-May is now climbing to dizzying heights by crossing the one million mark and 5,000 flights in September.

The Kolkata airport authorities today shared that the airport handled over 6.17 lakh passengers. Sharing the statistics, an official said the total passenger departure count was 3,69,184 and for arrival was, 2,48,239.

The numbers of flights arriving at the NSCBI airport was 2,537 and departing 2,565. Since resumption of services, the airport handled a total of one million passengers while on 30 September it was more than 17,000 passengers.

An official said, “The increase in count has posed a bigger challenge in ensuring all Covid protocols are strictly followed. Several Vande Bharat flights landed at NSCBI airport including chartered flights bringing Indians from Middle East and other countries.”

The airport yesterday opened a medical room to provide emergency medical services to passengers and other airport users on a 24×7 basis, the official added. Alongside, a transit facility was opened to ensure covid distancing protocols are followed by decongesting the airport premises.

03/10/20 Statesman

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