Amid the sharp surge in Omicron cases in Delhi, Mumbai, the West Bengal government on Sunday decided to restrict the flights to Kolkata from Delhi and Mumbai.
As per the fresh guidelines issued by the state govt. flights to Kolkata will be allowed to operate only twice a week– on Monday and Friday with effect from January 5.
While announcing new coronavirus-induced restrictions the West Bengal chief secretary HK Dwivedi said “West Bengal to operate flights from Delhi and Mumbai only twice a week, which will be on Monday and Friday, with effect from January 5.”
The West Bengal government’s new airport-related curbs come as part of wider restrictions announced on Sunday.
The state also announced a night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am. Schools, Colleges, gyms, beauty parlors, tourist places shall remain shut. Restaurants and Cinema halls have been asked to function with 50% capacity. The state registered an alarming number of cases on New Year’s Day.
All Direct Flights From UK Suspended
The West Bengal Govt has also suspended all direct flights from the United Kingdom to Kolkata starting from 03rd January 2022 till further order.
“In view of the rising number of Omicron cases globally as well within the country, the state government has decided to temporarily and until further orders suspend all direct flights from the United Kingdom to Kolkata with effect from January 3, 2022.”
Moreover, all international travelers arriving from non-risk countries have to mandatorily pre-book before boarding and undergo Antigen Rapid Test on arrival at their cost.