Imphal: The ministry of civil aviation has approved the request from Manipur government temporarily suspend the flight services for ten days into the state. However, one daily flight will continue to operate from June 18 to 28 between Delhi to Imphal.
On Monday, chief secretary J Suresh Babu wrote to the ministry of civil aviation joint secretary Usha Padhee requesting her to stop all passenger flights for ten days to complete pending COVID-19 tests and reduce congestion at quarantine centres.
Currently, as per official reports, owing to heavy inflow of flight passengers the state has over 15,000 samples waiting to be tested.
Speaking with EastMojo, Imphal Airport official said that keeping in mind the air connectivity and stranded persons, the aviation ministry has approved only one daily flight from the national capital from June 18 to 28.
For the next ten days, three flight operators, namely Air India, Indigo and AirAsia, will operate on a rotational basis; however, cargo flights will continue to transport essential commodities and medical equipment.
Initially, there were three flights operating to Imphal airport, however, since the last ten days, the number of passenger flights were increased to five to ferry back stranded Manipur natives from various metro cities.
Since May 25, the state has been receiving least 600 to 700 flight passengers daily. The returnees are kept at various quarantine centers for 14 days’ mandatory as precautionary measure to control spread of the virus. The quarantine centres are also full and need to reduce inmates.
As on June 16, Manipur has recorded a total confirmed cases for COVID-19 positive to 490 and 339 active cases. Meanwhile , at least 151 persons have recovered and discharged from the hospitals.