Wednesday, February 23, 2022

International travel from Kolkata is coming back to life a

International travel from Kolkata is coming back to life after two years with a host of countries easing Covid restrictions.

England has announced withdrawal of the legal requirement of self-isolation for those testing positive for Covid from February 24. Australia is allowing fully-vaccinated travellers to visit the country. The travellers must carry their vaccination certificates.

Several other countries, too, have eased quarantine and testing requirements.

“We are expecting the restriction on international flights to be lifted after February 28. Then there will be a definite rise in international passengers from the Kolkata airport,” said C. Pattabhi, director of the airport.

He said 14 international flights were now taking off from and landing at the city airport daily. The daily footfall of international passengers, which had gone down to 600, now varies around 1,000, the director said.

Tour operators said although schools have just fully reopened and examinations are round the corner, many Kolkatans are still booking tickets to countries including the UK, US and Australia, mostly to visit family members whom they have not met for two years.

However, the rush for travel and limited flights have resulted in a spike in fares, they said.

23/02/22 Sanjay Mandal/Telegraph

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