Over 58,000 people flew in 832 flights on Monday (25 May) after India restarted domestic flight services after two months due to coronavirus-triggered lockdown, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted on today.
The Minister wrote, “Airports are abuzz & passengers are back in air. 58,318 passengers flew to their destinations on 832 flights on the first day, 25th May till midnight.”
“Operations have started in Andhra Pradesh from today. These numbers are all set to soar higher,” he added.
However, the resumption did face some initial hiccups as passengers were seen harried across airports, including the national capital's Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) after many domestic flights were cancelled due to the limit on arrivals and departures by state governments.
On the first day of resumption of domestic passenger flight services, the IGIA witnessed over 80 flight cancellations, when as per industry insiders, it was slated to handle 118 arrival and 125 departure flights on Monday.
Similarly, Mumbai's CSMIA handled 24 arrivals and 23 departures. It was scheduled to handle over 100 flights, but the Maharashtra government on Sunday capped this to 25 each.
(With inputs from IANS)
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