Friday, June 25, 2021

Indore: Covid safety norms make passengers skip air travel

Indore: Though lockdown restrictions have been relaxed in most of the states post second wave of Covid-19 and airlines are resuming operations from Indore on various domestic routes, people appear to be reluctant to opt for air travel unless it is extremely necessary.

And Covid safety protocols like compulsory negative RT-PCR test report and mandatory quarantine period seem to play a major role in it.

Indore at present has regular flights to Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kishangarh and Belagavi.

On an average, nearly a dozen flights operate to and from Indore on these routes on a daily basis.

Airlines like Indigo have also announced to resume flights to Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Goa in the coming days.

But even 20 days after most of the lockdown restrictions have been removed, there is hardly any major increase in number of flyers.

Less than a thousand people are flying to and from Indore daily as compared to over 10,000 in a day during pre-Covid times.

Indore-based businessman Ramesh Khatri postponed his plan to take his wife and kids to their native place Mumbai for a holiday as having a negative RT-PCR test report is still mandatory for people flying there.

"I had to extend my plan for a month or so as taking my family to get the mandatory tests done before travelling is still a risky affair," he said.

24/06/21 Ashok Kumar/Times of India

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