Thursday, July 08, 2021

Strong Potential For Further Recovery in Air Traffic Due to Pent-Up Demand: IndiGo

India has a strong potential for further recovery in air traffic, owing to pent-up demand, contended airline major IndiGo. Besides, the airline cited this trend being supported by strong domestic travel consumption which is further accentuated via the accelerating pace of vaccination drive.

In a conversation with IANS, IndiGo’s Chief Commercial Officer William Boulter said: “We have witnessed increasing loads and demand for travel after mid-May and look forward to achieving 80 per cent capacity utilisation that we had in February by end of this year."

At present, airlines’ permissible capacity deployment is at 65 per cent of pre-Covid levels applicable up till July 31, 2021. On the inoculation front, Boulter said the vaccination drive will definitely be a key factor for the recovery of travel and aviation sectors.

“As per our understanding from doctors if India is able to vaccinate 7 lakh people every day, the 3rd wave is expected to be flat. Currently, the travel demand is closely linked to the number of cases."

“As the cases go up, travel demand falls and the reduction in covid cases pushes up travel bookings. In the current situation we can see travel bookings bouncing back as the number of cases decrease."

Furthermore, he talked about the ‘Lockdown Fatigue’ which is leading to higher pent-up demand this time around in comparison to last year.

08/07/21 News18

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