Due to the drop in the number of COVID-19 cases and also keeping in view the requirement of the islands, the Directorate of Civil Aviation, A & N Administration announced on Sunday the increase in the frequency of helicopter services to Inter-Islands, which was reduced since the lockdown.
The new schedule will be effective from February 1, 2021, and the schedule will also cover remote islands like Chowra and Teressa of Nicobar District.
As per the new schedule, there will be four weekly services for the Campbell Bay area of Great Nicobar Island, which is the last landmass of India, every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday.
For tribal islands Kamorta, Katchal, and Teressa there will be four weekly flights every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
For remote Chowra Island, there will be two weekly flights every Tuesday and Wednesday.
For the headquarter of Nicobar District, the Car Nicobar Island there will be twelve weekly flights from Monday to Saturday.
Similarly, for Mayabunder, the headquarter of North and Middle Andaman there will be six weekly flights from Monday to Saturday.
For Diglipur, the northernmost landmass of A & N Islands, there will be five weekly flights on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday.
For Rangat, Middle Andaman there will be one weekly flight every Thursday. For Hutbay there will be four weekly flights every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
And for tourist hotspot Swaraj Dweep, the services will be available on Monday and Saturday.
Further, all passengers intending to travel to destinations in Nicobar District are to undergo RTPCR Test prior to travel, and only those passengers who test negative will be allowed to travel.
Besides, passengers traveling to Little Andaman, Mayabunder, Diglipur Rangat, and Swaraj Dweep shall also be tested for COVID-19 under Rapid Antigen Test and those who test negative will be allowed to travel.
As per details, the RTPCR/Rapid Antigen Test will be conducted on the payment of Rs 200/ – per person which has to be borne by the individual passenger, except government servant on official duty and medical patient along with an attendant.