Monday, November 23, 2020

Rush at airport as many fly back to workplaces

Patna: Heavy rush was witnessed at the city airport and bus depots on Sunday as people were heading back to their workplaces after the Chhath festival, which concluded on Saturday.

Many people preferred flights, buses and private or rented vehicles to return from home as many trains were either not running amid the Covid-19 pandemic or had no berth available.

Flyers at the airport complained of being stuck in long queues for security checks due to slow process and following the Covid-19 safety norms and protocols. Some of them reported late for boarding due to this reason.

Ankur Kumar Singh of Kadamkuan, an IT professional working in Mumbai, said there was a long queue for security check at baggage counters and frisking without maintaining any social distance. “The airport needs to increase the facilities owing to huge rush amid the pandemic,” he said.

Ravi Bhardwaj flying to Delhi said, “I had anticipated the rush to resume work from Monday. So, I reached almost 2 hours before my scheduled flight time.”

Smriti Kumari, a banker heading to Hyderabad, said, “Due to Covid, many people prefer flight to travel. The airport also has less number of counters to get boarding passes and space for security check-in.”

Amritansh, who missed his flight, tweeted: “Worst experience with GoAir flight Patna to Bengaluru. They moved my flight to morning without prior intimation. No email, SMS, phone (sic).”

The airlines executives at Patna airport claimed that all the outgoing flights were full. The number of flights at Patna airport increased from 44 to 50 before the Chhath, giving more options to flyers to travel from Patna to Bengaluru, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Hyderabad. The revised schedule will remain effective till December-end.

23/11/20 Faryal Rumi/Times of India

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