West Bengal Lockdown Latest News: The airlines with scheduled flights to Kolkata are in a catch-22 situation after the state government announced selective full lockdown in the state until July 31. The government on Tuesday issued a fresh order imposing full lockdown in the state on July 23, July 25 and July 29, apart from the broad-based lockdown going on in the containment zones of the state. A list of permitted activities has also been released. But aviation is not mentioned in the list, which has cast a spell of doubt over domestic flight operations in the state. Also Read - West Bengal Lockdown: After Kolkata, Bagdogra Too Bars Flights From Delhi, Mumbai
The state had already barred domestic flights coming in from Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Pune and Nagpur till July 31, while flights coming from other states are allowed. But what will happen on July 23, July 25 and July 29 — the specific dates the government has announced for full lockdowns across the state? The airlines have no clarity. Even if the flights are in operation, the movement of the flyers from the airports to their destination remains uncertain as the government has made no provision for them. All public and private transport are prohibited during these days. There is no mention of any special pass to facilitate transport on these days. Also Read - West Bengal Lockdown: Flight Operations Suspended on Lockdown Days, People Still Flouting Restrictions
List of permitted activities Also Read - West Bengal Lockdown: No Lockdown on August 2, 9, Mamata Revises August Lockdown Schedule. Here's Why
1. Medicine shops and pharmacies
2. Transport of health personnel, patients.
3. Law and order, courts, fire and emergency services
4. Electricity, water and conservancy services
5. Industries with in-house workers
6. Agriculture operations
7. Interstate and intrastate movement of goods
Several states in the country are now under lockdown — full or partial. Partial lockdowns are generally over the weekends. Flight operations are allowed in those states. But a sudden lockdown in the middle of the week while most of the flyers have already booked their tickets for those days will lead to utter chaos and confusion, the aviation industry feels.