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Pune: As second Covid wave abates, air traffic goes up but negative RT-PCR test report must

The number of flights operating from the airport is expected to go up when the testing requirements are relaxed by the various state governments.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
Updated: June 16, 2021 7:20:39 pm
Passengers at the Pune airport

With the second wave of Covid-19 infections on a decline, footfall of passengers at the Pune airport has seen considerable rise over the last one week. This has led to airlines adding flights to their daily schedule. As a result, flight movement from the airport has gone up from 26 per day in the middle of May to about 46 per day in mid-June.

Airport officials said they expect that passenger activity will improve further in the coming weeks.

“As the severity of the infection spread will go down, more people will buy tickets to travel and the number of flights will go up. We are seeing increasing footfall and flight operations since the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has started receding and businesses are opening up,” said airport director Kuldeep Singh.

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There has been a considerable increase in the number of flights departing from and arriving at the Pune airport.

On May 17, there were 13 arrivals at the Pune airport and 14 departures. On that day, 650 passengers arrived from various cities to Pune while 746 passengers departed from the airport to their destinations.

Since, the beginning of the month of June, the footfall at the airport has increased considerably. On June 14, 2,307 passengers arrived at the airport and 1,826 boarded flights out of Pune.

However, compared to the pre-pandemic traffic, these numbers remain quite low. Although Pune Airport is a civil enclave at an Air Force Station, it sees nearly 75 arrivals and about the same number of departures every day.

The number of flights operating from the airport is expected to go up when the testing requirements are relaxed by the various state governments.

Meanwhile, for passengers coming to Maharashtra via flights, it is still mandatory to carry a negative RT-PCR test report, said Singh.

“The norm is still valid and every passenger coming in from outside the state has to carry a negative RT-PCR report. The airlines have been asked to not allow passengers who have a positive test report or do not have an RT-PCR negative report,” said Singh.

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