Saturday, April 25, 2020

How a small airline turned out to be the Star during lockdow

Its been a month since all commercial air traffic movement in the country came to a halt. Since then, one domestic carrier airline has ceased operations and a couple of others who can be counted to be among the top players in the Indian aviation scene, have asked its employees to go on leave.
 That apart, the International Civil Aviation Organisation said international passenger capacity for India reduced by 89 per cent in April due to Covid-19. In such a gloomy scenario, how does a small regional carrier which operates on the Ude Dash Ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN) scheme fare and what are its plans if the government decides to allow air travel post May 3 One of the newest airline in the Indian skies, Star Air which also happens the first scheduled commuter operator to be based out of Bengaluru, while waiting optimistically of the lockdown to be lifted after May 3, is aware of the new norm that it’s not going to be business as usual.
 However, being a small airline with an aircraft fleet entirely owned by its promoters, Star Air said that the hit taken due to the Cover-19 would be of a lesser magnitude when compared to big players in Indian aviation. “Right now everybody is suffering. However, being a small operator I think we are better shielded as far as cash flow is concerned. Smaller airlines are likely to prevail though we might not see the same kind of demand which we saw before the crises,” Simran Singh Tiwana, Chief Executive Officer, Star Air told Bangalore Mirror.
 25/04/20 Hemanth CS/Bangalore Mirror
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