Monday, January 31, 2022

Domestic flight count drops by half due to Covid wave

Coimbatore: The third wave of the pandemic has led to a 50% dip in the number of domestic flights operated from the Coimbatore international airport.

Only 12 domestic flights are operated from the airport now, compared to 23 a month ago. Of the 12, some flights get cancelled due to low patronage. However, international flights to Sharjah and Singapore continue to operate as usual.

Frequency of flights to destinations such as Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Mumbai has come down. Flights to Tirupati, Pune and Goa have been stopped.

Three flights are operated to Chennai now, compared to six a month ago. Number of flights to New Delhi have come down from four to two, Mumbai from four to three, Bengaluru from three to two and Hyderabad from three to one.

Flight and passenger movement had touched a peak in December 2021 after services were disrupted due to Covid-19 in 2020. “Only business people and those travelling for education are depending on air travel now. Leisure travel has taken a beating as people want to avoid unnecessary travel,” said aviation enthusiast Mukuntha Kumar.

31/01/22 Times of India

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