With the number of passengers travelling to China from the city dwindling following the outbreak of coronavirus in that country and the WHO guideline to contain the spread of the deadly disease, a low cost carrier is all set to suspend its flights between Kolkata and Guangzhou, officials said on Tuesday.
Another airline based in China which operates flights between Kolkata and Kunming has adopted a wait and watch policy. Union health ministry advisories have asked people to refrain from travelling to China and said that travellers who return from that country could be quarantined.
According to officials at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport here low cost carrier IndiGo has decided to suspend its daily Kolkata-Guangzhou flight from February 6. “In line with the WHO guideline to contain the spread of coronavirus, IndiGo will be suspending its Kolkata-Guangzhou service from February 6, 2020 to February 25, 2020 and Guangzhou-Kolkata from February 7 till February 26,” the airline said in a statement.
“These are purely temporary and precautionary measures. We understand that these measures will cause inconvenience to our customers and we will be refunding the full amount to the impacted passengers,” the IndiGo statement said.
China Eastern Airlines has adopted a wait and watch policy, sources at the Kolkata airport said. The airlines has not made any announcement regarding suspension of its flights between Kolkata and Kunming in China and is operating them whenever there is requirement, the sources said.