(*11*) 11 million people availed of flight providers between April and June this year amid the second wave of the coronavirus illness (Covid-19) pandemic, Union minister of state for civil aviation VK Singh knowledgeable the Parliament on Wednesday. The quantity is 53 per cent lower than the January to March interval when India was reporting comparatively lesser variety of new circumstances each day.
“The domestic passenger traffic has decreased from over 23 million in January to March 2021 to around 11 million in the April to June period – a decline of 53%. This has had an adverse impact on the financial position of the airline industry,” the minister added in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.
He additional knowledgeable the House that as many as 5,637 home flights had been cancelled throughout the March to June interval this year. At the second, owing to the continued coronavirus pandemic and numerous restrictions imposed by state governments throughout the nation, full-scale home flight operations are but to resume.
According to the foundations laid down by the Union ministry of civil aviation, Indian carriers can’t function greater than 65% of their pre-Covid home flights.
Meanwhile, numerous home airways noticed a discount of greater than 7,900 staff between March 31, 2020 and March 31, 2021 due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Singh mentioned in his reply. On March 31, 2020, round 74,800 staff had been related to the airways and the quantity diminished to almost 66,900 as on March 31, 2021.
Last month, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) knowledge revealed that home passenger visitors witnessed over 63% drop in May this year as opposed to April due to the second wave of the virus outbreak. As many as 5.7 million home passengers travelled by way of flights in April, whereas the quantity dropped to round 2.1 million in May.
Domestic flights had been suspended final year in March quickly after the nationwide lockdown was imposed at the beginning of the coronavirus disaster. It was resumed solely with restricted operational capability on May 25, 2020 following a niche of two months.