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Fewer air passengers to Mumbai

delhi Updated: Nov 28, 2008 01:20 IST
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Flight schedules were disrupted at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on Thursday.

Some flights between Delhi and Mumbai were rescheduled and combined after Mumbai-bound passengers started canceling their tickets. Airlines said that there was a drop in the number of people flying between Delhi and Mumbai and they expected the numbers to go down further in the next few days.

Kingfisher Airlines combined two flights to Mumbai, IT-306 and IT-308, following a drop in traffic. The airline combined many more flights from Delhi to Mumbai for Friday — IT-331 and IT-301 at 7.15 am, IT-302 and IT-332 at 7.30 am, IT-336 and IT-312 at 5.55 pm and IT-316 and IT-338 at 9 pm.

Two flights from Delhi to Bangalore were also combined — IT-214 and It-207 at 8.45 pm.

“On an average, there were 20 per cent cancellations on flights to Mumbai,” a Kingfisher spokesperson said.

“There was a drop in traffic in the Delhi-Mumbai sector and we have also announced a waiver of cancellation and re-issue charges on all domestic and international services into and out of Mumbai,” a Jet Airways spokesperson said.

Though Air India said they haven't witnessed too many cancellations on Mumbai-bound flights, a spokesperson said the actual picture would get clear by the weekend. A Frankfurt-Mumbai flight of Lufthansa was diverted to Delhi after the attacks.

Security at the airport was tightened. “Security has been beefed up and more manpower has been deployed,” said a senior official of the CISF. Manual frisking of passengers was increased.