Lengpui Airport in Mizoram
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Mizoram’s lone Lengpui Airport shut down amid coronavirus scare

Decision to close Lengpui Airport made at high-level meeting as precautionary measure to contain and prevent the spread of novel coronavirus in state

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: Following the Centre’s decision to cease operation of domestic flights barring cargo-carrying flights from Tuesday midnight, the Mizoram government on Monday closed the lone Lengpui Airport until further orders, an official said.

The official said that the decision was made by the high-level meeting as a precautionary measure to contain and prevent the spread of novel coronavirus.

He said that Lengpui Airport will be closed from 11:30 pm on Monday to prevent movement of passengers. Mizoram has only one airport located at Lengpui near Aizawl.

Three airlines -- Air India, IndiGo and GoAir -- are currently operating to the state.

Earlier, on Sunday GoAir has suspended operation in the wake of coronavirus pandemic. The Centre on Monday decided that all domestic commercial flights will cease to operate from Tuesday midnight.

All airlines are instructed to reach their destination before 23:59 hours on March 24.

The restriction, however, will not apply to cargo carrying flights.

Meanwhile, Mizoram’s apex student body Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) on Monday asked the state government to completely seal all entry points along its inter-state border. Entry to Mizoram is opened at Vairengte on the state border with Assam and Lengpui Airport till Monday.

A statement issued by the student body said that all inter-state borders should also be closed to prevent movement of passengers.

It also asked Mizo students, who are languishing outside the state, to stay back at their respective places and not to come to Mizoram in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

While lauding the state government for its preventive measure, the MZP also asked it to give utmost concern to the medical team, who are conducting screening at Vairengte along the state border with Assam.

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