Flights to Kolkata have been suspended from six cities, including the national capital, from Monday (July 6) till July 19, following a request from the West Bengal government, in order to contain the COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed over 700 lives in the state.
The six cities from which flights have been suspended during this period include Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai and Ahmedabad, besides Delhi, according to an update from the Kolkata Airport’s official Twitter handle on Saturday (July 4).
It is informed that no flights shall operate to Kolkata from Delhi,Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur,Chennai & Ahmedabad from 6th to 19th July 2020 or till further order whichever is earlier. Inconvenience caused is regretted.@AAI_Official @MoCA_GoI @ushapadhee1996 @HardeepSPuri @arvsingh01
— Kolkata Airport (@aaikolairport) July 4, 2020
“It is informed that no flights shall operate to Kolkata from Delhi,Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai & Ahmedabad from 6th to 19th July 2020 or till further order whichever is earlier. Inconvenience caused is regretted,” read the tweet by Kolkata Airport.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation has agreed to suspend the flights following a request from the state government, which has stepped up measures to contain the spread of the virus in the eastern state, said reports.
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Domestic passenger flight services had resumed in the country from May 25 after a gap of two months, while international flights remain suspended. Both domestic and international services were suspended in wake of the lockdown that came into force from March 25.
West Bengal has so far reported a total of 20,488 COVID-19 cases, including 717 fatalities, according to the Union health ministry. Currently, there are 6,200 active cases in the state, while 13,571 patients have been discharged following treatment.