Friday, March 27, 2020

Indian Aviation Industry Braces For $3.6 Billion Loss, Looks To The Future

After halting international services into and out of the country, the Indian government announced Monday that it would suspend domestic passenger services starting March 25 in an effort to slow the spread of the novel Coronavirus across the country. Airlines were directed to halt their scheduled passenger operations after 11:59 p.m. on March 23 and all flights were told to “plan…to land at their destination” before then.

“The operations of domestic schedule commercial airlines shall cease with effect from the midnight that is 23:59 hours IST (Indian Standard Time) on March 24, 2020,” a Civil Aviation Ministry spokesperson said. “Airlines have to plan operations so as to land at their destinations before 23.59 hours on March 24, 2020.”

There is no indication of when this halt will end, though it will not be before the end of the 21-day nationwide lockdown announced on March 25. Dedicated cargo flights and services permitted by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will still be allowed to operate. International services had originally been banned through March 29, though that was extended until at least April 14.
27/03/20 John McDermott/AirlineGeeks

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