Tuesday, May 04, 2021

As cases zoom, flights continue to show descent

Panaji: Covid-19 continues to wreck havoc across the country, including Goa, with the second wave setting the aviation sector a year back to when Unlock 1.0 was announced. Goa International airport has noticed a near 90% drop in passenger footfalls since April 1.

Speaking to TOI, Goa Airport director Gagan Malik said recovery in the aviation sector depends on the course taken by the pandemic.

“On Sunday we had just 19 flights, 800 passengers arrived and 1,500 left. So if you look at it, just 40-50 passengers have come per flight,” said Malik. “The aviation sector has gone back to the levels of last May when the domestic sector was opened up as part of unlock 1.0. This is a loss for airlines.”

In the month of February, Goa International Airport handled 3,700 flights while in March the terminal handled 4,300 flights. The data for April is expected shortly, but the figures are expected to show a drastic decline.

“We expect this situation to continue for a month or so. It all depends on how the pandemic crisis continues to unfold in other parts of the country and if Goa improves. Only when things improve will people want to travel again,” said Malik.

04/05/21 Newton Sequeira/Times of India

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