Agartala: Domestic airlines resumed limited services across the country on Monday, but Tripura was not on the list. The Maharaja Bir Bikram (MBB) Airport remains non-operational.
Speaking with reporters, Seth said that due to the recent super cyclone Amphan, Kolkata’s Netaji Subhash Chandra International Airport sustained damage. Since repairs are still on the airport is closed.
“In Agartala everything was ready but since Kolkata airport would not operate flight for the next 48 hours, the Agartala airport will also not have any flight coming in for next two days”, Seth said.
He also said that the Kolkata airport has informed that even after the flight service resumes they would operate a limited number of flights daily after May 27.
“Everything depends upon the Kolkata airport, if they operate less flight that would impact our operations. We have to wait until the service from Kolkata starts”, he added.
Speaking with EastMojo, Agartala airport public relations officer (PRO) said that Tripura had received approval for six flights from the ministry of civil aviation and that includes four flights between Agartala- Kolkata, Guwahati-Agartala-Kolkata and Bangalore-Kolkata-Agartala.
“Although usually on an average 18 lights were operating daily from MBB airport before the lockdown. We have to wait until the picture is clear from the Kolkata airport’s end”, PRO said.
The state government has formulated the standard operating protocol (SOP) for the passengers travelling from and into Agartala airport.
All passengers arriving at MBB airport would require a thermal screening at the entry and exit points. Passengers with foreign travel history in the last 28 days, foreign passport holders and having symptoms will be taken to nearby facility centre for COVID-19 test. They will be kept in facility quarantine till the result is declared.
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If a Bangladeshi passport holder passenger is interested in going to Bangladesh by Akhaura check post, he/she will be transported to Akhaura check-post immediately by a special vehicle, against payment, and permitted to a repatriate to Bangladesh following due procedure.