Nearly 12 lakh international passengers screened for coronavirus: civil aviation

The ministry said there would be a drop of 15 to 20 per cent in domestic air traffic for time being due to the virus concerns

Civil Aviation Minsiter Hardeep Singh Puri said that he has never been as hopeful and confident on Air India, divestment or disinvestment. Photo: PTI (File)

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday (March 14) said so far nearly 12 lakh passengers coming from abroad have been screened for coronavirus at various airports across the country.

Speaking at “Wings India 2020” an aviation-related event being held here, the Union Minister said there would be a drop of 15 to 20 per cent in domestic air traffic for time being due to the virus concerns.

He further said, out of over 11 lakh passengers who were screened at 30 airports only 3,225 were referred to tests. Indian airports have “set up a benchmark” for other countries in terms of taking precautionary measures such as screening and making facilities available at aerodromes in the wake of the virus outbreak, he added.

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