PRAYAGRAJ: The Covid pandemic has severely affected the air connectivity of the Sangam city with a sharp fall in the number of air travellers, both coming or leaving the city. Also, flights for various destinations stand cancelled from the civil enclave, Bamraulli.
On Monday, flights connecting Prayagraj to several cities of the country were cancelled. While the air service provider said the cancellations were due to some ‘operational reasons’ but sources at the civil enclave opined that the flights are being cancelled because of the less passengers. While flight cancellations also add to the cause of less air passengers.
On Monday, flights from New Delhi, Bhubaneswar, Bhopal and Gorakhpur were cancelled by the service providers. Following the cancellation of four flights, there were only 488 air travellers on Monday. Of these, 292 passengers arrived from different cities while 196 took the flight from here for various cities. On Tuesday as well, flights for various destinations were cancelled by the service provider, IndiGO.
“Like Monday, flights for various cities including New Delhi, Dehradun, Raipur, Bhopal, Pune and Gorakhpur were cancelled on Tuesday too,” said regional director of Airport Authority of India (AAI), Anchal Prakash.
The decrease in number of passengers has been witnessed since April 25. There were 1,059 air passengers on April 25 which further came down to 488 on May 3.
The Sangam city is directly connected to Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Pune, Raipur, Mumbai, Indore, Gorakhpur, Bhopal, Bhubaneshwar and Dehradun.
In operation since December 2019, the civil airport terminal enclave, functions in close coordination of Indian Air Force (IAF) set-up in Bamrauli .
The civil airport enclave is built on an area of 6,500 square meters.
There are four terminals at the enclave and two aero bridges. The airport currently has a capacity to accommodate 300 passengers at a time and caters up to 1,200 passengers per day on an average. Plans are also afoot to further expand the airport.