Thursday, May 21, 2020

As airline companies gear up to take wings again, airlines emphasise safety and convenience of travellers

New Delhi: India’s troubled travel and tourism industry breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday s the government green signaled the resumption of domestic flight operations from May 25.

The calibrated reopening of flights after nearly two months of a complete ban on air travel, which left airlines and the allied travel and tourism businesses in the red, saw industry leaders welcome the move. Only last week, the travel and tourism industry had expressed shock and disappointment over the government’s “failure” to announce any economic relief measures for the travel sector — which accounts for 10% of the GDP they said — in the 20 lakh crore economic relief package FM Nirmala Sitharaman announced last week.

“We believe the government’s detailed guidelines/SOPs will serve well to address essential health and safety protocols. The resumption of domestic flights, will serve to drive domestic tourism- a key pivot for economic revival,” said Madhavan Menon, CMD, Thomas Cook India.

The travel industry expects the resumption of aviation businesses in the country to have a trickle-down effect on other partners in the travel and tourism sector, including booking platforms and the tour operators.

Co-founder and Group CEO, MakeMyTrip, Rajesh Magow, said, “The resumption of domestic air travel after a shutdown of over 60 days is an important step that will provide access to thousands of people via the quickest means possible. It will also go a long way in helping kick-start economic activities as businesses reopen. Safety of travellers is paramount to us and as domestic skies open up we will continue to work closely with our airline partners to ensure safe and convenient travel experience, adhering to the new protocols announced by the ministry.”
21/05/20 Swati Mathur/Times of India
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