File photo of the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata. (Image Source: PTI)
Flights from 6 cities at the Kolkata airport will remain suspended till August 15 due to rising number of Coronavirus cases in the state. An official notification stated that the cities included Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Nagpur and Ahmedabad. The West Bengal government earlier decided to impose a biweekly complete lockdown in the state to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission. The Kolkata Airport was also shut on July 25 and 29, amid the total lockdown in place across the state.
A couple of weeks back, the ban on passenger flights to Kolkata from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Pune, Nagpur and Ahmedabad was extended till July 31. The ban by the Kolkata Airport comes after aviation regulator DGCA extended the suspension of scheduled international passenger flights in the country till indefinite period.
After nearly two months of suspension to combat the coronavirus pandemic, the government resumed scheduled domestic passenger flights on May 25. However, it had allowed airlines to operate a maximum of 33 per cent of their pre-COVID flights. The MOCA increased the limits on June 26 from 33 per cent to 45 per cent.