Saturday, July 10, 2021

Dip in cases, easing of curbs boost footfall at Kolkata airport

Kolkata: The decline in Covid cases, easing of restrictions in Kolkata and other cities and removal of mandatory RT-PCR tests by several states have helped revive traffic at Kolkata airport after two difficult months when arrival and departure figures had reduced to a trickle.“We are seeing a steady increase in passengers this month. Compared to the beginning of June, we have registered nearly three times the flier count in the first week of July. While the figures are still way off from what Kolkata clocked between November and February, we are hopeful of the situation improving,” said Kolkata airport director C Pattabhi.

From less than 6,000 fliers a day in May-end to just over 8,000 in the beginning of June, the number has gone up to nearly 20,000 a day in the beginning of this month. In April, the number was hovering between 20,000 and 25,000. Prior to Covid, the airport registered a maximum footfall of nearly 70,000 in a day.

10/07/21 Subhro Niyogi & Tamaghna Banerjee/Times of India

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