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1440 flights ferry over 1 lakh travelers in India

New Delhi: A day after India resumed domestic flight services, a total of 608 aircraft ferrying 41,673 passengers were operated on Tuesday.

On Monday, 58,318 passengers flew to their destinations on 832 flights, the first day of resumption of air services after two months.

Taking to Twitter, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said that smooth operations were witnessed.

He had said that 58,318 passengers flew to their destinations on 832 flights on Monday, the first day of resumption of air services after two months. “These numbers are set to soar,” he tweeted.

But for West Bengal, domestic flight services have been resumed to all states.

On Tuesday, over 135 scheduled departures were planned from Terminal 3 in the national capital, while arrivals stood at 140. However, 25 of these operations got cancelled.

Similarly, Mumbai’s CSMIA saw a total of 44 scheduled flights, which included 22 departures and 22 arrivals.

Meanwhile, airline major IndiGo said that a passenger, who travelled on its Chennai to Coimbatore flight on Monday, has tested positive for Covid-19.

“We received confirmation from the Coimbatore airport doctor that a passenger who travelled on 6E 381 from Chennai to Coimbatore on May 25 evening has tested positive for Covid-19,” the airline said in a statement.

The passenger has been quarantined at the ESI state medical facility in Coimbatore.

“He was seated on-board the aircraft with all precautionary measures, including face mask, face shield and gloves, as were the other passengers.

“Additionally, no one else was seated in his vicinity, significantly reducing the possibility of transmission of the virus,” the statement added.

Besides, industry insiders pointed out that majority of bookings even on Tuesday were for flights between metro cities, due to the “pent-up demand”.

The Center has allowed limited passenger flights — about one-third of the summer schedule — to operate between metros and other destinations from May 25.

Passenger air services were suspended on March 25 due to the nationwide lockdown to check the spread of Covid-19.

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