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Domestic air travel resumed in Odisha on Monday under specific rules and guidelines

Bhubaneswar:25/5/20: Domestic air travel resumed in Odisha on Monday along with several other states, as the first flight arrived at the Biju Patnaik International Airport here from Delhi, an official said.

However, at least five flights from other states have been cancelled, he said. “Of the 10 flights scheduled to arrive here, five were cancelled due to problems at the departure points, while one flight from Delhi has already reached. Four more flights will land here on Monday,” airport director V V Rao told. Rao said two flights from the national capital and two others from Bengaluru are scheduled to make landings. All scheduled commercial passenger flights had been suspended since March 25 when the government imposed a nationwide lockdown to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

International scheduled commercial passenger flights remain suspended. Sources said Alliance Air and SpiceJet have cancelled their flights to Kolkata from Bhubaneswar till May 27 in view of the damages caused by cyclone ‘Amphan’ in West Bengal.

Government officials had said on Sunday evening that airports in Kolkata and Bagdogra in cyclone-hit West Bengal will not operate any domestic flights between May 25 and 27, but will handle 20 flights each per day from May 28 Airlines have been jittery in resuming services as multiple states have put in place separate norms and conditions regarding quarantine of passengers.

The Centre had last week announced the resumption of domestic flight services from May 25 under specific rules and guidelines like a cap on ticket pricing, wearing of face masks, no serving of food on board and making available details of medical conditions by travellers through the Aarogya Setu app or by filling up of a self-declaration form.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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