Almost after 60 days with the central government giving a nod, domestic passenger flights on Monday have finally resumed operation with a reduced number. Airports across the country witnessed long queues from early hours with passengers stranded at various cities from the past 2 months.
Civil Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said in a tweet on Monday morning, “Today, we restart domestic flights. India’s civil aviation is always at the forefront.” However, several passengers waiting for their flights in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and other airports complained that their flights were cancelled without any prior notice. While 380 flights that were scheduled for today from New Delhi, 82 were already cancelled by afternoon.
However, Andhra Pradesh stood as the exemption while the services refrained on Monday. The airports in Visakhapatnam and Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh will not handle any domestic flights on Monday as the state government planned to postpone the opening of flight services to Tuesday.
Announcing that it was the state governments request to start services from Tuesday, Hardeep Singh Puri stated that the two airports in the state will, however, will only be handling 20 per cent of the flights they used to operate before the lockdown was implemented.
While the actual reason for this postponement is not quoted by both state and central government, chaos prevailed with airport authorities in Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam with abrupt late-night communication said services will be cancelled on Monday and Tuesday. West Bengal happened to be the other start that will resume services form Tuesday.