Monday, March 30, 2020

How Covid-19 is grounding India's aviation sector

New Delhi: As the country extended its aviation ban to inbound special flights, an India Today analysis has found how the lockdown is grounding the entire sector that accounts for more than $70 billion to the national GDP.

On Monday, civil-aviation authorities prohibited planes carrying VIPs and VVIPs from flying down to India till April 14

Let's take a closer look at how these restrictions have impacted the aviation industry in the country, home to the fifth of the global population.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) earlier projected a 2% dip in international passenger capacity for India in the month of February when the Covid-19 outbreak was progressing slowly.

In the aftermath of the disease declared a pandemic, the same projections were recalibrated to a whopping 27% for India in the month of March.

Since then, owing to the increase in the number of imported Covid-19 cases, the Indian government has ordered the suspension of all international air traffic from March 23 to March 29 and subsequently till April 14. The domestic flights were also stopped from the midnight of March 24.
30/03/20 Saikiran Kannan/India Today

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