The Kolkata Airport in a tweet today has stated that No passenger flights will operate to Kolkata from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Pune, Nagpur and Ahmedabad between July 6 and July 19 on account of the rise in COVID 19 cases in the country.
The twitter post of Kolkata Authority read “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.”
On June 30, Rajiv Sinha, the Chief Secretary of West Bengal had written a letter addressed to PS Karola, the Secretary of the Ministry of Aviation stating that “A large number of cases has been reported from people coming in the state from outside with infection… I approach you with a request kindly not to schedule any flight to West Bengal from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Chennai, Indore, Ahmedabad, Surat and to stop movement of flights from these cities to Kolkata or Bagdogra for 2 weeks starting July 6, 2020.”
A request was also made to restrict the number of flights to Kolkata, Bagdogra (in north Bengal’s Siliguri) and Andal (in Paschim Bardhaman district) from other cities to a frequency of once a week for each airline from July 6 till July 31.
The Airlines have however not yet decided on the refund to passengers whose flights have been cancelled.
-India Legal Bureau
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