West Bengal opens up flight operations from Delhi and Mumbai, Restricts flights from Bangalore to 3 times a week to contain Omicron threat

West Bengal had started implementing a gamut of measures hoping that these would protect the Omicron variant from entering the state in large numbers. On the receiving end were many businesses and the airlines again, who were asked to restrict flights to the state from BOM and DEL to 3 times a week. IndiGo shut down their flights, while Vistara made clever layovers to skirt the ban.

On January 31, 2022, the West Bengal government has informed the Government of India that the state would now allow the operation of flights from Delhi and Mumbai, two of India’s metropolises that were shunned from West Bengal all of January 2022. However, effective February 1, 2022, flights from Bengaluru to Kolkata (and Bagdogra and Durgapur) will be allowed operations only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

 

The West Bengal government also announced a decision to reopen the once-a-week direct flight between Kolkata and London.

Bottomline

West Bengal has opened the door for resumption of flights from Delhi and Mumbai to the state all days of the week, effective February 1, 2022. However, Bengaluru – West Bengal flights can now only operate 3-days a week. The United Kingdom – West Bengal Corridor is also open now

What do you think of West Bengal’s new move to open traffic again?


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