Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, 'Our airports continue to function smoothly'
Private carriers have operated a total of 2,198 flights till 5 pm on Friday -- 428 on Monday, 445 on Tuesday, 460 on Wednesday, 494 on Thursday and 371 on Friday
New Delhi: More than 1.65 lakh people have travelled in 2,198 flights till Friday afternoon after the government allowed partial resumption of domestic services from Monday amid the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, who has been sharing daily updates on the numbers of flights and flyers, said, "Our airports continue to function smoothly."
On Tuesday, the minister tweeted, "Our skies & airports are busy again. On 26th May, the 2nd day of recommencement of domestic passenger flights in India, our airports handled 62,641 flyers on 445 departures & 447 arrivals. All airport functioning was smooth. Only 6 departures were rescheduled."
An official said Tuesday's figure of flyers was cumulative of departures and arrivals and that the actual number would be around half of it.
On Monday, a total of 428 domestic flights carrying 30,550 passengers operated.
In February, when the lockdown was not imposed, around 4.12 lakh passengers travelled daily through domestic flights in India, according to Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) data.
Airports in West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana and Tamil Nadu have been allowed to handle a restricted number of daily flights as these states do not want a huge influx of flyers amid the rising number of COVID-19 cases.
While domestic services resumed in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday, they restarted in West Bengal on Thursday.
Though domestic flight operations across the country began on May 25, they could not be restarted in Kolkata and Bagdogra as the West Bengal machinery was involved in relief and restoration work after cyclone Amphan's devastation.
A total of 16 asymptomatic passengers on seven different flights, including 13 who travelled by IndiGo, have tested positive for COVID-19 since the resumption of domestic air services.
Two of the rest three asymptomatic passengers who tested positive for the infection had travelled by Spicejet while one took a flight of Air India subsidiary Alliance Air.
This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.
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