Mumbai Airport allows doubling of flights from tomorrow

Mumbai airport, India’s second busiest, has been allowed by the Maharashtra state government to handle 100 flight movements (50 arrivals and 50 departures) from Tuesday, even as cases in the city and state continue to rise.

It has, till now, only been allowed to handle 50 movements (25 arrivals and departures each) since flights resumed after a two month suspension on May 24.

Pre-covid, Mumbai handled about 980 flight movements everyday, said a spokesperson.

“The move will also see an increase in the sectors that we are currently handling,” said Mumbai International Airport Ltd., the GVK led consortium currently operating the Mumbai airport.

Airlines said they will increase flights to Mumbai, because of the high pent up demand for travel from the city.

“We are adding a few additional flights to Mumbai for the next couple of days, while some await necessary government approvals. Further additions to the network will firm up over the course of the week,” said a spokesperson at Vistara

The Indian government on 24 May allowed airlines to operate less than a third of their capacity on resumption of operations. But while it allowed 216 flight movements (108 departures and 108 arrivals) for Mumbai, the state government curtailed it even further to 50 flight movements.

There were representations from the Centre for the state to allow more flights. ET wrote about one such on June 3.

Meanwhile on Sunday, there were 3,390 new cases in Maharashtra, of which 1,395 cases were in Mumbai.

[Source – Economic Times]


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