The flight schedules of Indian domestic carriers are likely to be reduced soon. The passengers who have made reservations may have to consider making changes in their travel plans accordingly. Unlike the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government is not imposing the limitations unilaterally. Domestic airlines have witnessed a substantial drop in passenger numbers as well as illness among crew members in the last fortnight, forcing many airlines... Read More
The Indian government had earlier issued an order stating that the airlines could operate up to 60% of the pre-COVID domestic flights. But there was a question as to until when will the airlines operate up to 60% of their pre-COVID domestic flights. As per a PTI report, the Civil Aviation Ministry has cleared through an order issued on October 29, 2020, that this system of flying will remain in... Read More
IndiGo’s Chief Executive Officer Ronojoy Dutta calls the Indian airline industry ‘chronically ill’ and requests the central Government to implement some life-saving reliefs quickly. The COVID-19 pandemic crippled India’s domestic airlines. They witness a drop in passenger numbers and suffer from the maladies of high price for Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF), which increase the cost of operations for airlines. Dutta requests to reduce the jet fuel tax from 11% to... Read More
After two years of the pandemic, India’s domestic air travel showed signs of recovery from November 2021. The recovery was soon cut short by the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. Post pandemic, the government planned to reinstate regular international flight schedules from December, which was again postponed due to the rising COVID-19 cases. The number of domestic passengers reduced by 25% in the first week of January 2022. There... Read More
According to HSBC Global Research, there are chances that the entry of two new airlines – Akasa and Jet Airways 2.0 – could disrupt the Indian domestic airlines. The two airlines could bring in recent battles on pricing standards and excess supply issues in the Indian aviation market. In a report titled ‘Indian Aviation, 2022: A Year of Two Halves,’ HSBC Global Research said that India’s aviation sector would recover... Read More
A report from rating agency ICRA suggests that domestic air passenger traffic in the country stayed 44% down to 111 lakhs in April to December of 2021 in comparison to the same time period of the financial year 2020 but saw a jump of 52% when compared to December 2021. The rating agency said that the domestic air passenger traffic lingered at 73 lakhs in December 2020. The report also... Read More
The aviation analysts assume that the Indian airlines will report losses in the December quarter. Factors such as high crude oil cost and decreasing air passenger traffic due to Omicron can contribute heavily to their losses. A report recently published by a brokerage firm ICICI Securities reveals that India’s domestic market leader IndiGo is likely to report losses of Rs 200 crores in the December quarter. IndiGo occupied 54% of... Read More
The Indian aviation industry went through turmoil during the last two years battling pandemic, capacity restrictions and fare limits. 2021 seems to be the year the sector appears to recover. Here is a summary of all the key happenings in the Indian aviation sector. Air India is expected to be finally handed over to the Tata group in the first quarter of 2022. Tata Group already operates two airlines –... Read More
The unprecedented turn of events that took place due to the Covid-19 pandemic had a devastating impact on almost every industry that was based upon contact and the aviation industry was no exception. But now things seem to be turning a leaf as the world seems to be returning to a bit of normalcy. The travel restrictions around the globe are easing and passengers are becoming confident again to travel.... Read More
As the travel industry looks to revive with the covid-19 graph going down each passing day and the restrictions on air travel ease, the domestic air traffic has seen an increment of 67% as compared to the previous year and about 24% rise in October alone making it up to around 8.8 million passengers. The season of festivities is also being seen as a reason for the surge. The Recent... Read More
India’s budget airline, SpiceJet will be launching 28 new flights connecting multiple major domestic destinations in the country. According to a Livemint report, tourist hotspots such as Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Jaipur, and Udaipur in Rajasthan along with multiple key cities and metros across India will become part of the airline’s new winter schedule. SpiceJet will be adding two new flights in the Bengaluru-Pune route and connect Kolkata with Srinagar and Bagdogra... Read More
A major step was taken by the aviation ministry today where the restrictions on domestic airlines were lifted so as to bring ease in the flight operations in the country. The decision came about in just three months after Jyotiraditya Scindia took charge as the Minister of Civil Aviation and lifts any restrictions that were imposed in the May of last year after the nationwide lockdown due to Covid-19. An... Read More
In a recent move, the Indian government has increased the number of flights that airlines can operate in the domestic market. Until now, the airlines could operate a capacity of 72.5% of their pre-COVID-19 flights. But that limit has been bumped up to 85% now. Because of this, domestic airline operators are going to get a major relief as they can cater to the rising travel demand in the Indian... Read More
The financial woes of the Indian airlines have only increased in the current year. Due to the pandemic and temporary shutdown of airline activities in the country last year, airlines had to face a consolidated loss of $4.1 billion. This year would not be an exception for the industry since CAPA, an aviation consultancy and research firm has said that Indian airlines are going to incur around the same amount... Read More
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