Won’t allow flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai from July 6-19: Kolkata Airport

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The Kolkata airport has announced that it will not allow any flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai and Ahmedabad from July 6 to July 19. This order shall remain in place till July 19, unless a fresh order is issued, the airport said.

“It is informed that no flights shall operate to Kolkata from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai and Ahmedabad from July 6 to July 19, or till further order whichever is earlier. Inconvenience caused is regretted,” the Kolkata airport said in a tweet.

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The exact reason for this decision and criteria for selecting these cities is unknown.

Domestic flights were allowed to operate since May 25. In its recent guidelines for Unlock 2.0, which came into effect on July 1, the Union Home Ministry had said operations of domestic flights will be further expanded.

On May 28, after a gap of nearly two months, domestic flight operations to and from Kolkata resumed as the government decided to slowly unlock the lockdown.

Though domestic flight operations across the country began on May 25, they could not be restarted in Kolkata as the state machinery was involved in relief and restoration work after Cyclone Amphan whiplashed many areas of the state.

The first flight from Kolkata left for Guhawati at 6.05 am with 40 passengers, whereas 122 passengers arrived from New Delhi on Thursday morning, the sources said.