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NEW DELHI : Flights to the Northeast were disrupted for the second straight day amid widening protests over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, forcing the Dibrugarh airport in Upper Assam to shut down till at least Saturday.

Besides the nine daily flights to Dibrugarh, 11 flights to Assam’s capital Guwahati were also cancelled on Friday, an official with Airport Authority of India (AAI) said, on condition of anonymity.

Guwahati airport operates around 80 flights every day.

India’s largest airline IndiGo on Friday cancelled six flights to and from Guwahati, spokesperson for the InterGlobe Aviation Ltd-operated airline said.

Vistara had to cancel one flight today between Dibrugarh and Bagdogra, while Spicejet cancelled flights connecting Dibrugarh with Kolkata and Guwahati, according to their spokespersons.

However, GoAir has not cancelled any flights in the North East, a spokesperson for the company said. The airline operates all its flights in North East from Guwahati, and does not have a flight connecting Dibrugarh.

Flights were cancelled on Thursday too as protests over the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Parliament on Wednesday. The Bill allows citizenship to immigrants from outside the state, and people in the Northeast are protesting over the potential change in demographics it can cause.

The AAI official said Air India on Friday morning flew a special flight with military personnel aboard to Dibrugarh, which has been among the worst hit places by the unrest. Guwahati and Dibrugarh have been placed under indefinite curfew because of massive protests following the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.

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