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608 flights ferry over 41k passengers today (Ld)

Tuesday - May 26, 2020 9:02 pm , Category : BUSINESS
New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) A day after India resumed domestic flights, a total of 608 services ferrying 41,673 passengers were operated till 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
Taking to Twitter, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said smooth operations were witnessed today.
According to the minister, India's airports have handled 325 departures and 283 arrivals with 41,673 passengers till 5p.m. on May 26.
"Smooth operations of domestic civil aviation... Our airports have handled 325 departures & 283 arrivals with 41,673 passengers till 5p.m. on May 26, the 2nd day after recommencement of domestic flights. Final report for the day will be prepared after details come in at midnight," he tweeted.
Earlier during the day, the minister in a different tweet said the number of passengers and flights were set to rise as air services to Andhra Pradesh were resumed on Tuesday."
"Airports are abuzz & passengers are back," Puri tweeted.
He had said that 58,318 passengers flew to their destinations on 832 flights on May 25, the first day of resumption of air services after two months. "These numbers are set to soar," he tweeted.
But for West Bengal, domestic flights have been resumed to all states.
Industry insiders said the majority of bookings on Monday and the subsequent few more days were for flights between Metros due to the "pent-up demand".
Airlines have reported healthy load factors and expected passenger count levels.

--IANS rv/sn/prs