Saturday, January 22, 2022

16 flights cancelled due to poor seat occupancy

Indore: Over a dozen flights were cancelled on Friday following decline in passenger footfall at Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport of Indore.

Around 16 flights including that of Indigo and Air India on routes like Indore-Ahmedabad, Indore-Chennai, Indore-Jaipur, Indore-Lucknow, Indore-Prayagraj, Indore-Bangalore, Indore Delhi and Indore-Mumbai routes were cancelled due to lack of passengers on Friday, airport officials said.

“Passengers who made bookings in these flights were provided with alternative options by the airlines including refund or seats in alternate flights to their respective destinations,” Airport director Ramesh Kumar said.

Officials said that the airport has witnessed cancellation of at least 10 flights on a daily basis, and decline in passengers count is seen as a reason behind the same.

Authorities fear that if this trend of decline in passenger footfall continues for a few more days, it would leave airlines with no option but to suspend their operations once again like it happened during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

22/01/22 Times of India

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