Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Covid surge forces cancellation of flights from Ranchi

Ranchi: The unprecedented surge of Covid-19 cases in Jharkhand is impacting air services with many flights connecting to big cities and metros from Ranchi’s Birsa Munda international airport getting cancelled because of low occupancy.

On Monday, at least four morning flights to Bangalore, Kolkata and Delhi were suspended as there were no passengers. Two days ago, an Air India flight to Delhi reportedly flew back with no passengers because of the lockdown in the national capital.

Talking to TOI, Birsa Munda airport director Vinod Kumar Sharma said, “We got information that four flights -- two of Go Air to Bangalore and Delhi, one Air Asia flight to Delhi and Indigo’s flight to Kolkata -- had to be cancelled today. We don’t know the exact reason why the airlines have cancelled the flights in the morning, but understandably, the reasons are related to the pandemic and the surge in cases, which impacted the occupancy."

He also said of the 40-42 to and fro flights operating from the city, about 10 of them are cancelled. “On an average, 30-32 to and fro flights are currently operational. With the lockdown announced in Bangalore and places like Delhi and Mumbai battling the massive number of Covid cases, we anticipate a further dip in the number of outbound passengers. It’s only natural,” Sharma said.

27/04/21 ASRP Mukesh/Times of India

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