Port Blair, Nov. 21: The Member of Parliament, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Mr. Kuldeep Rai Sharma has demanded to restart the Chartered flight Service between Chartered Flight Service in Port Blair-New Delhi, Port Blair-Chennai, Port Blair- Vizag and Port Blair - Kolkata Sectors.

In a letter addressed to the Lt. Governor, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, the Member of Parliament mentioned that the Islands are situated far away from Mainland India and presently, flight is the only option for Islanders to reach mainland and vice versa, considering the fact that presently hardly any passenger ships are scheduled between Port Blair and Mainland India.

Sharma mentioned that presently the airfare, between Port Blair- New Delhi, Port Blair- Vizag, Port Blair- Chennai and Port Blair - Kolkata sectors, is soaring sky-high, putting a huge financial burden on Islanders, who have to travel to Mainland for emergency works like emergency medical treatment, education, social commitments, job interviews etc.

He also mentioned that on certain days the airfare between Port Blair and mainland are as high as Rs. 39,000 to Rs. 42,000 which is unaffordable for most of the Islanders, especially when due to Covid -19 lockdown many people have lost their jobs and suffered huge financial losses. For example, this month the lowest airfare between Chennai and Port Blair is Rs. 9800, which is again beyond the budget of many Islanders, he added.