Seat capacity drops up to 100% on China, SE Asian routes over Coronavirus

The weekly seat capacity of domestic and foreign carriers on China and South-east Asian routes declined up to 100 per cent in March over December due to the deadly coronavirus pandemic, according to the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA).

However, at the same time, capacity to countries like the UK and France rose by 18.7 per cent, the CAPA data showed.

According to the CAPA, as against a total of 6,555 and 8,668 seats operated by Indian carriers and foreign carriers on the India-China route on the week commencing December 2, 2019, the number of seats dropped to 247 and 1,246, respectively on the week commencing March 9, 2020, which was 96.2 per cent and 85.6 per cent decline, respectively.

The number of international passengers arriving at the country’s airports has reduced to around 62,000 per day from 70,000 in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri had informed Lok Sabha on Thursday.

He said the count might further come down to around 40,000 following the travel advisory issued on Wednesday.

There are 30 international airports in the country and on an average, these aerodromes receive about 70,000 international passengers.

On an average, something like 70,000 passengers come to different airports in the country.

The number of seats operated by overseas operators on the India-South Korea route declined 100 per cent in that week as compared to 2,586 seats operated in the first week of December last year while the capacity by the Indian carriers dropped 50 per cent seats to 512 as against 1024 on the week, starting December 2, the CAPA said.

The capacity operated by India carriers on India-Japan route fell by 25 per cent while by foreign operators it rose 9.2 per cent in the second week of March, it said.

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