Friday, March 13, 2020

Air traffic in APAC down by 50% over COVID-19 fear

Hyderabad: Coronavirus scare has brought down the air traffic in Asia Pacific region by more than 50 per cent, a top Boeing official said on Friday.

According to Darren Hulst, Vice President and Global Head of Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, flight schedules in China were affected the most while the impact was minimal in India.

Talking to the media persons on the sidelines of Wings India 2020, Asia''s largest civil aviation event here, he said mainland China witnessed 80 per cent drop in number of flights post coronavirus outbreak.

The number of departures came down to about 3,000 flights a day at the peak of the virus from average 15,000 departures in a normal day, he pointed out.

He said excluding China, in the rest of the Asia-Pacific market, the number of flights came down by about 50 per cent.

Hulst said several airlines in Europe and North America reduced capacities after the spread of coronavirus. He believes this situation may continue for a ''very short period of time''. He, however, said the numbers may not be to the level witnessed in China.
13/03/20 IANS/Outlook
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