Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Uncertainty over international flights forces airlines to shut down offices

Trichy: The uncertainty over resuming international flight operations from Trichy international airport has forced a few foreign airlines to shut down their offices of general sales agents (GSA) functioning in Trichy.
Two weeks ago, Air India shifted its booking office to Trichy airport from Karumandapam in the city as a cost-cutting measure. The office was functioning in a rented building for several years. Though Air India is not operating any flights from Trichy, the office was serving the customers of Air India Express.
It may be noted that citing poor bookings, national carrier Air India has shifted its city booking office to the airport recently.
Around 540 travel agents registered under the International Air Transport Association (IATA) are there across Tamil Nadu. These apart, around 1000 unregistered travel sub-agents with IATA are also functioning in the state. More than one lakh people are involved in travel agencies, G Ravichandran, treasurer of Travel Agents Associations of India (TAAI) said.
A few GSAs of foreign airlines such as Oman Air and Saudi Arabian Airlines had a long wait during the lockdown period, expecting that the ban on international flight services would be lifted soon. However, the ministry of civil aviation extended the ban till July 15.
01/07/20 D Vincent Arockiaraj/Times of India

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