Domestic, intl flights suspended till May 3 as Covid-19 lockdown continues

India will hold home and worldwide flights suspended till May 3 in alignment with a being prolonged, mentioned the nation’s aviation ministy on Tuesday.

Domestic and worldwide business passenger flights had been earlier suspended from March 25 to April 14. “All domestic and international scheduled airline operations shall remain suspended till 11.59 pm of 3rd May 2020,” the ministry tweeted.

Indian aviation had a detrimental progress of 3-5 per cent within the final fiscal—hurting earlier than the pandemic and now hurting due to the illness, mentioned ranking company Icra on Thursday. The Icra report pointed that site visitors slowed even earlier than the outbreak because of a number of causes, together with closure of debt laden Jet Airways.

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The company, on Thursday mentioned the de-growth was largely pushed by greater airfares within the wake of enormous scale flight cancellations following shutting down of Jet Airways and general sluggishness in demand. “Overall, except for the closure of airport operations, excluding cargo, the passenger traffic witnessed the de-growth in the range of 3-5 per cent for FY2020,” Icra mentioned throughout a media webinar.

A employee sprays disinfectant contained in the cabin of a Lion Air passenger jet as a precaution towards the brand new coronavirus, at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Indonesia

There had been speculations over the opening of flights to restricted nations based mostly on scenario evaluation, nonetheless, the choice confirms that the federal government just isn’t taking any danger going ahead. Resumption of worldwide flights will likely be thought of on a case-by-case foundation after India’s ends and can depend upon which nations they’re coming from, Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had mentioned final week.

“Any incoming flights to bring Indians back home will have to await the lifting of the lockdown,” he advised reporters at a press convention.

This is the primary time India has effected a complete shutdown of air transport. An identical motion was taken by the US after the fear assault on the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001. The Covid-19 pandemic despatched international air passenger demand plunging 14 per cent in February, marking the steepest decline in site visitors because the 9/11 assaults in 2001, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) mentioned.

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