After Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, West Bengal says no to Centre’s plan for resuming flights

24 May, 2020 | newsx bureau

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Ahead of the much-awaited resumption of domestic flights from May 25, several states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal have raised objections.

It seems that the Centre’s plan for resuming domestic flights has brought a lot of confusion about the rules and readiness in states. According to the recent reports, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal have said a no to center’s plan of resuming the flights. On Saturday, Maharashtra government said that the state has still not amended lockdown 4.0 order which came in effect from May 19, which indicated that the state is not keen to go ahead with the plan of reopening domestic flights as Maharashtra is the only state which has recorded highest number COVID-19 cases.

Not just this, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh also tweeted that it is extremely ill-advised to reopen the airports in red zones. After Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, which has reported the second-highest number of coronavirus cases also raised similar concerns and has requested the Civil Aviation Minister to pause the plan till May 31.

Now, due to Cyclone Amphan, the West Bengal government has also requested to delay the plan of flights to Kolkata till May 30. Further, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that she will write to the center to send all the flights to Baddogra airport which is in North Bengal. The question that arises is even if the state accepts the proposal, it will be important to arrange for the transport from the airport but in cities like Mumbai, all the public transportation is banned so there is a possibility that passengers find it difficult to reach home.

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Meanwhile, passenger airlines like SpiceJet, Vistara, IndiGo, AirAsia India have started their booking process for flights starting from Monday but GoAir is still waiting for clarification on rules for resuming all these services.