In a bid to contain the increasing spread of the novel coronavirus virus, the West Bengal Government will enact a regulation preventing flights from six cities to land in Kolkata International Airport from Monday, media reports confirm.
The government of West Bengal wrote to the Secretary of the Civil Aviation Ministry on June 30, and it was decided to pause flights in Kolkata as per the request.
Flights from Chennai, Pune, Nagpur, Mumbai, Delhi, and Ahmedabad will not land in Kolkata starting Monday until 31st July according to the updated order. The earlier restriction was scheduled from 6th-19th July.
The Bengal government has also urged flights from Indore and Surat be paused and the same applied to the other airports of the state as well which is Bagdogra and Andal.
The temporary restriction on arriving flights to #KolkataAirport from 6 cities viz Delhi, Mumbai,Pune,Chennai, Nagpur & Ahmedabad is on the request of State Govt. to restrict movement from high prevalence cities of #coronavirus cases in order to contain the spread of #COVID19.— Kolkata Airport (@aaikolairport) July 4, 2020
“West Bengal is also witnessing a steep rise in cases,” the letter to the civil aviation ministry read. It outlined infections in the state have been reported to have come from outside. “Government of West Bengal has decided to stop or curtain movement of incoming flights and trains into the state,” the letter read, NDTV reports.
Domestic passenger flights were resumed in India after two months of long hiatus on May 25. In a slight modification of a previous circulation, The Director-General of Civil Aviation announced that International passenger flights are further restricted in the country until the 11:59 PM of July 31st.
West Bengal Government has also urged other states to send only one flight per airline in a week, regarding which the civil aviation ministry is yet to respond, NDTV reports. Airlines are expected to make changes in the reservations as per the regulations.
West Bengal has recorded 36.117 coronavirus cases along with 1023 deaths according to Union Health Ministry data. The majority of the states’ cases are from Kolkata and adjoining Howrah.
Maharashtra continues to remain the most affected state in India with Tamil Nadu overtaking New Delhi for the second spot. India’s total COVID-19 tally, after a record spike in the last 24-hours, is more than 1 million with more than 2k fatalities according to the Union Health Ministry data.
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