The Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport authorities said the complete suspension of flight operations on lockdown days will be implemented from August 5.
The airport authorities had earlier suspended flight operations on two days—July 25 and 29—due to the complete lockdown announced by the West Bengal government.
Flight operations suspended for 7 days
Notably, flight operations at the airport will remain suspended 7 days in the month of August. These include August 5, 8, 20, 21, 27, 28 and 31.
“As per the state government order dated 03.08.2020, flight operations at #KolkataAirport will remain suspended on the revised lockdown days: 5th, 8th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th & 31st August 2020,” the Kolkata airport said in a tweet.
With the lockdown announced in West Bengal, flight ops at AAI's @aaikolairport will remain suspended on revised lockdown dates i.e.05th, 08th, 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th & 31st Aug 2020. Passengers travelling via Kolkata are requested to check flight schedule with concerned airlines.
— Airports Authority of India (@AAI_Official) August 4, 2020
Bengal revises complete lockdown days
The West Bengal government had earlier decided to impose a biweekly complete lockdown in the state. The biweekly complete lockdown was aimed at breaking the chain of COVID-19 transmission.
The West Bengal government on Monday announced changes for the fourth time in the complete lockdown dates in August. The government has, however, excluded all Sundays out of the purview of the restrictions.
As per the new changes, complete lockdown will be enforced on August 20-21 and August 27-28, instead of August 16, 17, 23 and 24 as announced earlier, the government order said.
The other lockdown dates – August 5, 8 and 31 remain unchanged.
Ban on flights from six cities extended
The ban on passenger flights to Kolkata from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Pune, Nagpur and Ahmedabad has been extended till mid-August. The airport has been shut for flights from the six cities since July 6.
Notably, several regular flights used to operate to and from Kolkata to these six cities. It has resulted in inconvenience to people who want to travel to Kolkata from these cities. As a result of the ban, people stuck in Kolkata and willing to return to these six cities are also facing trouble.
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