Monday, March 23, 2020

No parking space for aircraft; airport loads fall to lowest level as coronavirus causes demand slump

As airlines ground flights in the wake of coronavirus, carriers are running out of parking space. At national capital Delhi’s IGI Airport, several operators have been parking at Runway 27 of the aerodrome as enough parking bays aren’t available, The Indian Express reported. Airlines have been minimising operations as demand has slumped due to the spread of coronavirus. India’s largest domestic carrier IndiGo has said that it would reduce operations of its scheduled flights by 40% for Sunday. IndiGo runs around 1,400 flights daily on domestic sectors. On the other hand, GoAir is cancelling almost all of its 330 flights on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the passenger loads have also taken a hit with over 1,000 flights getting cancelled throughout the country on Sunday. As Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked for a Janta Curfew on Sunday, there was a weak demand at airport loads which fell to their worst low in the past several years. At Delhi airport alone, 255 departures were cancelled, according to data from flight-tracking portal Flightradar24, the newspaper reported. In Mumbai, 233 departures, or 53% of the scheduled flights, were cancelled on Sunday.
23/03/20 Financial Express
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