The West Bengal government, in a letter to the Civil Aviation Ministry, dated 10th August, informed that suspension of flights to Kolkata from high COVID-19 prevalence cities viz. Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Nagpur, and Ahmedabad will continue to be suspended till August 31, 2020.
Earlier the state had extended the flight restriction till July 31 and then to August 15. Initially, the ban had come into force from July 6 till July 19. The decision has come about in the light of rising COVID-19 cases in Delhi, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Gujarat.
“The civil aviation ministry has informed us that the flight ban from six cities will continue till August 31, after a request for an extension of the ban from the state government,” said an airport official.
The increase in COVID-19 cases in the city has also been a matter of concern although West Bengal witnessed the highest single-day discharge on Monday of 3,208 patients. The total number of COVID-19 cases in West Bengal has gone up to 98,459 while active cases stood at 26,031.
Meanwhile, a surge in the number of passengers from Jaipur, Bhubaneshwar, Lucknow, Guwahati, and Raipur was noticed as the restriction forced travelers from these six cities to make stopovers at various other airports located in different states in order to travel to Kolkata.