Monday, March 02, 2020

Covid-19 outbreak may hit KIA global traffic

Bengaluru: The coronavirus outbreak is expected to have an impact on the growth of international passenger traffic at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) this year.

Three of the top four international destinations from KIA — Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok — are in countries reporting a high number of confirmed cases. The fourth destination, that is unaffected till now, is Dubai.

Last week, International Air Transport Association stated airlines’ losses due to coronavirus will run into $30 billion.

Officials of Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), the operator of KIA, pointed out that passengers have now become ‘cautious about non-essential travel’ and that the coronavirus situation will affect “international traffic, in general, and particularly on Asian markets”. “It is difficult to, however, quantify the impact at this point,” BIAL said.

“The spread of Covid-19 virus has had an impact on the growth of international travel. A few Indian carriers have temporarily suspended flights to China, Hong Kong and the Asian region. The virus has made passengers travelling to other southeast Asian countries, many of which have reported cases, cautious about non-essential travel, leading to lighter demand for travel to popular tourist destinations. The situation is evolving and BIAL is monitoring this on a month-by-month basis,” said a BIAL spokesperson.
02/03/20 Swathy R Iyer/Times of India
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