Indian Aviation Domestic Operations Banned From March 24 Midnight Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak

Domestic airlines have made significant security updates in their aircraft to contain the COVID-19 situation in India. All the airlines have brought down the price of tickets in an attempt to keep their business running at all costs. But that won’t work anymore since the flight operations in India are stopping from March 24 midnight. The scare of Coronavirus is dangerous, and more than 500 cases have been registered in India till date. To ensure complete safety, the government has already locked down various states till March 31, 2020. Also, the lockdown of the Aviation Industry will ensure protection from the deadly virus.

Airlines Have a Deadline of March 24 Midnight

Indian Aviation Industry has already banned all the foreign airlines from landing on Indian airports two days ago on March 24 and in less than 48 hours, the decision to ban all domestic flights has arrived as well. All the airlines have been asked to put a stop on their operations till March 31 from March 24 midnight. The ban would mean that a total of 650 registered domestic aircraft will be non-functional. The only flights which will be allowed to fly will be cargo planes to ensure that logistics for essential items don’t take a hit.

No Clarity on When the Operations Resume

As of now, there is no clarity on when the domestic flight operations would resume. CAPA, which is an aviation advisory agency, expects that the end date, which is March 31 can be extended. The decision regarding the commencement of operations will depend upon the government. Recently, Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, requested the Prime Minister to withhold all the flight operations of the state. CAPA believes that this disruption of airline services would leave results which would affect the financial results of 2021. The government has to ensure that the reforms provided to the airline industry are quick and meaningful so that the losses during the period can be recovered.