After a long two-month shutdown, the domestic flights in Kolkata resumed operation today. The airport operations were halted because of the lockdowns imposed due to COVID-19 outbreak. However, domestic flights were reopened to function on May 25 in the rest of the country, in Kolkata the authorities were involved in relief and restoration works due to devastation caused by Cyclone Amphan. Hence, the resumption of flights in Kolkata saw a delay of three days.
According to the sources, the first flight that took off from Kolkata carried 40 passengers to Guwahati and the first flight arrived from New Delhi brought 122 passengers on May 28. The Kolkata airport took to twitter saying, “Welcome Back, Passengers! #KolkataAirport saw the arrival of 122 passengers from @DelhiAirport after two long months and 40 passengers departed to #Guwahati. Proper checks were followed, and regular sanitization was carried out in terminal which was abuzz with passengers.”
The State had come up with a set of guidelines for people arriving in domestic flights. Domestic flight operations will also resume at Bagdogra airport in north Bengal. Guidelines state that those arriving in the Stae must self-declare that they have not tested positive for Coronavirus in the past two months.
Moreover, the passengers will need to undergo health screening following their arrival at the airport, added the health advisory.