Kolkata Airport, on twitter, informed that no flights shall operate to Kolkata from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai & Ahmedabad from 6th to 19th July 2020 or till further order.
“It is informed that no flights shall operate to Kolkata from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai & Ahmedabad from 6th to 19th July 2020 or till further order whichever is earlier. Inconvenience caused is regretted“, read the announcement on Kolkata Airport’s twitter account.Advertisement
The Civil Aviation Ministry agreed to suspend the flights following a request from the West Bengal government.
The Bengal government had written to the centre to also stop flights from Indore and Surat. It wanted flights to two other airports in the state Andal and Bagdogra paused as well.
“West Bengal is also witnessing a steep rise in cases. A large number of cases has been reported from people coming in the State from outside with infection. Government of West Bengal has decided to stop or curtail movement of incoming flights and trains into the State,” the letter read.
India resumed domestic flights on May 25 after a break of two months after the nationwide lockdown of COVID-19.
Planned international passenger flights are still suspended in India.
West Bengal has registered 20,488 coronavirus cases, including 717 deaths. The maximum number comes from Kolkata, adjacent to Howrah and the North 24 Parganas district, as per the data of the Union Department of Health.