Mihir Mishra

  • Air India refuses to convert planes to carry cargo

    Air India refuses to convert planes to carry cargo

    “The government had asked us to convert some of our fleet to be used for transportation but that has not been accepted from our side,” said a senior Air India official. “It would have required removing seats from the aircraft and getting further approvals to run it as a cargo plane, which involves cost as well as time.”

    Airline revenues in 2020 to go down by 44% over 2019: IATA

    Airline revenues in 2020 to go down by 44% over 2019: IATA

    “Revenue loss of $250 bn in 2020 over 2019… which is a 44% decline over 2019… Before any recovery takes place, airlines may run out of cash,” said Brian Pearce, chief economist at IATA. Earlier, in February, IATA had estimated that global airlines would lose about $113 bn in revenues due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

    Grounding domestic flights will stop carriers haemorrhage

    Grounding domestic flights will stop carriers haemorrhage

    After coronavirus hit India, Indian airlines have been rescheduling operations to adjust to the low demand across the country. All carriers, prior to Covid-19, operated a fleet of over 650 aircraft, which had already reduced to 385 aircraft by Monday morning. CAPA, predicts the aviation industry will be hugely impacted by Coronavirus-led slowdown.

    DGCA asks airlines to keep seats between passengers empty

    DGCA asks airlines to keep seats between passengers empty

    The recent order is part of various social distancing norm announced by the aviation regulator. These rules include maintaining a distance between two passengers at the time of check-in and boarding. Airlines have also been asked to maintain a gap of 1 metre between two check-in counters.

    India's move to cancel foreign flights will lead to cancellation of 700 flights a week

    India's move to cancel foreign flights will lead to cancellation of 700 flights a week

    The government on Thursday said no scheduled international commercial passenger aircraft will be allowed to land in India from March 22 for one week. The ban is only on commercial passenger aircraft and not on aeroplanes carrying freight. With this order, about 100 international flights daily which are being operated as on date, will be cancelled.

    Airlines yet to refund cancellation charges

    Airlines yet to refund cancellation charges

    Government officials admitted that airlines were not providing cancellation fee waiver but added that the government might not act. “It is probably not the best time in view of the financial problems airlines are facing due to Covid-19,” said a senior government official, who did not want to be named.

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