New Delhi: The Delhi international airport will shut down its T2 terminal from May 17 midnight as the number of flights have reduced significantly due to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, sources said on Tuesday. From May 17 midnight, all flights will be handled at the T3 terminal only, they stated. Also Read - Hajj Pilgrimage This Year To Be Limited To 60,000 People, Saudi Issues Fresh Order

Currently, the Delhi airport is handling around 325 flights per day, they mentioned. Before the pandemic, it used to handle around 1,500 flights per day. Also Read - Delta Variant Raises Concern in UK, PM Johnson Hints Postponing of June 21 Unlock

The Delhi airport’s decision has come at a time when India and its aviation sector has been badly hit by the second wave of the pandemic. Also Read - Mallika Dua Remembers Her Late Mother Chinna Dua: 'I Was Born To God, Thankyou Ma For Choosing Me'

During the last few weeks, the number of domestic air passengers per day have come from more than 2.2 lakh to around 75,000 right now, according to the Civil Aviation Ministry’s data. Similarly, international air traffic has also been affected by the second wave of the pandemic.

New cases of coronavirus in India fell to 3.29 lakh after 14 days taking the total tally of COVID-19 infections to 2,29,92,517, according to the Union health ministry data updated on Tuesday.

A total of 3,29,942 infections were reported in a span of 24 hours, while the death toll climbed to 2,49,992 with 3,876 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.