Monday, January 03, 2022

Bengal: Flights from Delhi, Mumbai now only on Mondays and Fridays

Kolkata: Flights from Delhi and Mumbai will be allowed into Kolkata, Andal and Bagdogra only on Mondays and Fridays.

The rule will come into effect from January 5 as part of curbs announced by the state government on Sunday to shield the state against rising Covid infection. This will mean cancellation of nearly 195 flights a week and rescheduling of travel plans of several thousand passengers who have booked in advance.

But, as the restrictions kick in from Wednesday, the airlines will maintain pre-scheduled arrivals and departures from all cities till Tuesday.

Last year, the state had restricted flights from Delhi and Mumbai along with four other cities to three days a week. While restriction on flights from Delhi was lifted in December 2020, curb on Mumbai flights was removed in November 2021 when Covid cases dipped after the second wave.

“Flights from Delhi and Mumbai will be allowed to operate to Kolkata only two days a week, Monday and Friday,” state chief secretary HK Dwivedi announced at the state secretariat on Sunday while announcing the re-imposition of restrictions across various sectors in the wake of the warnings from health experts about the impending third wave and evidence of spiraling cases in the past seven days.

The decision left people booked to travel to Delhi and Mumbai as well as those travelling abroad via these cities searching for answers. “My husband and I are booked to travel to Delhi on January 6, Thursday, and return on January 9, Sunday. What do we do now?” wondered Rajani Jaggi.

03/01/22 Subhro Niyogi & Tamaghna Banerjee/Times of India

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