Ministry limits daily flight service to one
IMPHAL, 15th Jun: Ministry of Civil Aviation (MCA) has agreed to stop domestic flight service as requested by the state government on the condition that one daily flight from Delhi to Imphal will continue to operate within the period.
In a letter to the Airports Authority of India, MCA joint secretary Usha Padhee asked the authority to allow one flight from Delhi to operate as per agreement and also inform airlines for necessary actions. They should ensure that passengers are informed in advance to avoid any last minute dislocation, the letter said and added that flight operations as per approved scheduled may continue from June 29.
The ministry arrived at the decision to limit the flight service to one each day subsequent to state government’s conveyance to stop all passenger flights to Imphal from June 18 to 28, citing pending backlog of testing samples and congestion in quarantine centres of the state.
In a letter to the Ministry of Civil Aviation joint secretary Usha Padhee, chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu informed that the state government has been following strict quarantine protocols for all people arriving in Manipur, by making RT-PCR test mandatory for all of them and allowing only those who tested negative to go for home quarantine. However, due to heavy inflow of people, there has been a substantial delay in testing all arrivals, causing a huge backlog of 15,000 samples pending results.
As such, the state government had decided to stop all passenger flights for a period of 10 days in order to clear all the pending backlog of testing and to clear the congestion in the various quarantine centres set up in the state. Thus, the government requested the Ministry to stop all passenger flights to Imphal from June 18 to 28 and to issue necessary instructions to all the airlines, DGCA and AAI, the letter conveyed.