Several flights to and from Guwahati cancelled

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Transport Minister holds discussion with airport and rail authorities

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, March 23:  Several flights to and from the Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati were cancelled on Monday due to poor patronization in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

GoAir cancelled its Kolkata-Guwahati-Kolkata G8- 295/296 and 532/546, Aizawl-Guwahati-Aizawl 297/298, Delhi- Guwahati-Bagdogra 851/851, Bagdogra-Guwahati-Delhi 257/257, and Aizawl-Guwahati-Aizawl 290, an AAI spokesman here said.

Indigos Agartala-Guwahati-Chennai 6E 119 has been cancelled up to March 28.

GoAirs flights – Kolkata-Guwahati-Kolkata G8-295/296 and 532/546, Aizawl-Guwahati-Aizawl 297/298, Delhi-Guwahati- Bagdogra 851/851, Bagdogra-Guwahati-Delhi 257/257 and Aizawl- Guwahati-Aizawl 290 were also cancelled, the spokesman said.

Cancelled flights of Spicejet are Mumbai-Guwahati- Bagdogra SG 6490/640, Jaipur-Guwahati-Chennai 341/346, Bagdogra-Guwahati-Mumbai 6481/6481, Chennai-Guwahati-Jaipur 345/342, Guwahati-Silchar-Guwahati 8152/8162 and Dibrugarh- Guwahati-Dibrugarh 3319.

Besides, Indigos Guwahati-Agartala-Guwahati 6E 112/119, Vistaras UK-721/722 Delhi-Guwahati-Delhi and Druk Airs KB-241/240 Paro-Guwahati-Paro also remained cancelled, he added.

Transport Minister holds discussion with airport and railway authorities

Meanwhile, for better co-ordination and smooth management of the situation arising due to Corona virus, Transport Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary held a discussion with senior officials from airport and railway authorities at Janata Bhawan today.

Officers of Transport, Food & Civil Supplies, and Health & Family Welfare departments were also present.

During the course of the meeting, the Transport Minister asked all stakeholders to work in unison and make necessary arrangements for smooth supply of medicines, food grains and other essential commodities.

Sanjeev Jindal, Regional Executive Director, Airport Authority of India (AAI) informed that all passengers are being screened at LGBI Airport. He added that adequate arrangements have been made at the airport. He further stated that AAI would support Government of Assam for any assistance in transport sector.

VV Jituri, Chief Commercial Manager, NF Railway, stated that Indian Railways has announced the closure of all passenger rail services across the nation till March 31, except the trains that have already started the journey. Remaining such trains will culminate the journeys on Tuesday in Guwahati.

The Transport Minister directed the health officials to arrange to stamp all passengers arriving at airports and railway stations for mandatory home quarantine for two weeks, to avoid spread of the virus.

KK Dwivedi, Commissioner and Secretary, Transport Department; Adil Khan, Commissioner, Transport, Razvee Hussain, Secretary, Transport Department; AP Tiwari, MD, ASTC and other officials were present in the meeting.

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