Monday, September 21, 2020

Offering free tickets on Vande Bharat flights would have further affected airlines' finances Puri

New Delhi, Sep 21 (PTI) Offering tickets free of cost on flights under the Vande Bharat mission would have further affected the finances of Indian airlines including Air India, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Monday.

    The finances of airlines have been hugely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

    In a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, Puri said, "The COVID-19 pandemic has had unprecedented impact on the entire global civil aviation sector. In view of stoppage/restrictions in both domestic/international flights, Air India and other Indian carriers are also in a financially distressed condition."

    "If tickets would have been offered free of cost, it would have further affected the finances and viability of Air India and other Indian carriers," the minister noted.

21/09/20 PTI/The Week

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