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‘Use bins, don’t discard PPEs in corridors’: Kolkata airport urges passengers

The Kolkata airport authorities said designated bins had been placed at convenient locations at the arrival corridor and near the baggage claim area, requesting fliers to use those. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi/kolkata | Updated: September 5, 2020 7:48:55 pm
Kolkata airport, kolkata airport bins, Kolkata arriving passengers, kolkata airport authority, indian expressLeft: The PPE kits littering the airport. On the other side are the designated bins. (Photo: Twitter/@aaikolairport)

The pandemic precautions have brought in a new headache for authorities at Kolkata airport — passengers littering on the premises by discarding their Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits at the aerobridge and in other areas.

On Saturday, in a Twitter appeal to passengers, the Kolkata airport requested that the PPEs be disposed only in the designated bins, placed at convenient locations across the airport.

“It is once again requested to our esteemed passengers that instead of discarding the PPEs in the aerobridge and open corridors, kindly use the designated bins for discarding PPEs and masks,” the tweet said.

From September 1, flights to Kolkata from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Pune and Nagpur have resumed on a limited basis. Flights from these six airports to Kolkata had been suspended since July 6, on the state government’s request, citing high Covid-19 caseloads in these cities. Now, the government has permitted airlines to operate flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays for the first two weeks of September.

On September 7, 11 and 12, when the state government has announced complete lockdown, no flights will be operated to Kolkata and Bagdogra airports.

For the third and fourth week of the month, flights will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Almost all major airlines, including IndiGo, SpiceJet, Vistara, Air India and GoAir, connected Kolkata to these six airports prior to the ban.

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