The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has intensified screening and testing passengers in the airports in Northeast for coronavirus.
So far no coronavirus positive case has been reported in Northeast.
AAI’s regional executive director (NER) Sanjeev Jindal said screening of passengers — including by infrared thermometers — has been further intensified at the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI Airport and at 11 other airports in Northeast.
“The airport in Guwahati is the only one in the Northeast to operate flights to Singapore and Bhutan but the government has already barred the operation of the international flights,” he said.
Jinadal said Northeast is the only region of India which is the safest zone.
“We are trying our best to remain in that category,” he said.
“We are vigorously sanitising the aircraft, terminal and other buildings, all types of gadgets and furniture. Airport staff and security personnel while working day and night have also taken preventive measures,” said Jindal
There are 12 airports operational in Northeast. These include Guwahati, Silchar, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Tezpur (all in Assam), Tezu and Pasighat (Arunachal Pradesh), Agartala (Tripura), Imphal (Manipur), Shillong (Meghalaya), Dimapur (Nagaland) and Lengpui (Mizoram).
Budget carrier GoAir, which had earlier suspended its operations for 28 days in some northeastern states, including Mizoram, in view of coronavirus scare and ensuing travel restrictions, has withdrawn its suspension.