Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Airlines cancel 25% flights 'last-minute' due to changing guidelines, state diktats: Report

Domestic air travel may have opened up, but passenger woes continue as low demand, varying state government orders and evolving lockdown rules cause chaos for airlines.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MCA) now allows airlines to operate at 45 percent capacity, but many airlines are cancelling up to a quarter of their daily scheduled flights.

While the Centre allows for up to 1,200 flights per day, the actual daily schedule numbers below 800.

Domestic airlines are cancelling between 10-25 percent of their everyday flights even as many unhappy passengers are yet to receive their refunds, The Economic Times reported.
Airlines are selling up to one-third of capacity, but operating about a fourth of flights, cancelling flights because of low demand, updated lockdown rules or state government diktats. Inadequate communication and lack of transparency has intensified the trouble, it noted.
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