Monday, October 05, 2020

Long weekend ups airline sales

Panaji: Airlines saw a pick-up in demand over the long weekend which began on October 2, with most flights operating at close to full capacity. With lockdowns being eased across the country, leisure travellers made a beeline to Goa.

Goa International Airport saw flight movements jump up with 27 flights landing on Sunday. Before the Covid-19 pandemic grounded global aviation and shook-up the industry, the airport used to handle 85-90 domestic and international flights per day.

“These days we have seen a lot of passengers. The airport handled 25-28 arrivals and an equal number of departures in the last few days,” airport director Gagan Malik said.

Malik said that on Gandhi Jayanti, over 3,100 passengers entered the state. Goa, along with Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Odisha and Himachal Pradesh have lifted all restrictions on entry. However, with the monsoon still active in north India, Goa and Karnataka are the only states available for those looking for a weekend getaway.

“On Sunday, arriving passengers were around 2,000 and passengers leaving the state were more than 3000,” said Malik.

Airports Authority of India expects 10 more flights to connect with Goa in the coming week with private airlines adding connections to Delhi, Bengaluru and other tier II cities.

05/10/20 Newton Sequeira/Times of India


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