Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Goa flights cancelled as states impose curbs

Panaji:  With Delhi, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and several other states imposing lockdowns and night curfews, airlines have begun to feel the impact. According to the Airports Authority of India (AAI), 33 flights to Goa were cancelled on Sunday and at last count, 38 were cancelled on Monday.The restrictions imposed by several states has prompted many travellers, particularly families, to cancel their travel. Goa airport director Gagan Malik expects airlines to cut down the number of flights from metros to Goa in the coming days.

“On Sunday, 33 flights to the state were cancelled and the passenger inflow was 3,000 instead of 11,000 passengers that we receive on a weekend. On weekdays, at least 9,000 passengers arrive in Goa each day,” said Malik.

Sources in the airline industry said that most of the flights to Goa were from metros where the number of Covid-19 cases have surged. Even though the government has not put any restrictions on flights, many such fliers were hesitant to take flights at night in places where night curfews have been imposed.

The reduction in arrivals may provide the state government with some breathing space as it was under tremendous pressure to restrict the entry of tourists. “With so many states imposing curfews and flights being cancelled, there is nothing left for Goa to do,” said a government officer.

20/04/21 Newton Sequeira/Times of India

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