Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Flying Through Covid Turbulence

The second wave of Covid-19 has caught the whole of India within its vicious grip. While healthcare staff was designated as frontline workers and given vaccinations first, flight crew too has been urging that they be called frontline workers and be vaccinated fast as their jobs are risky. Many have flown abroad to hot spots to bring back passengers as part of the Vande Bharat flights. Others have fallen sick or succumbed to the pandemic, leaving their ilk feeling dejected and reluctant to fly. 

Besides the fear of Covid, airlines in India are also facing an uncertain future with declining passenger traffic. This has led to severe salary cuts and little flying for pilots. This and Covid have had a deleterious effect on the flying crew.

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