IndiGo today said that they will resume flight operations from May 04 in a phased manner. The announcement from IndiGo came after the Indian government extended the lockout by another 19 days till May 3, 2020.
Earlier in the day on Tuesday, PM Narendra Modi had announced that the lockdown would be extended till May 3, 2020. However, he also hinted that partial relaxation in lockdown may also begin in areas that are least affected from April 20, 2020.
After the PM’s statement, the aviation ministry announced that both international and domestic flights has been grounded till May 3.
“In its endeavour to reconnect critical air corridors post the lockdown, IndiGo, India’s leading airline, will resume flight operations from May 04, 2020. Initially starting with a slightly curtailed capacity, the airline will increase the operating capacity over the subsequent months, also re- opening selected international flights, depending on the existing international travel guidelines,” the airline said in a statement.
“Our singular focus will be on ensuring the health of our customers and our employees. We are working closely with the government and the airports to take our aircraft and our airports to a significantly higher level of cleanliness while ensuring social distancing. The airline industry has always done a tremendous job in ensuring the safety of its customers and I am confident we will rise to this latest challenge as well,” Ronojoy Dutta, Chief Executive Officer, IndiGo, was quoted one a statement.
The grounding of flights has created a huge cash crunch for all airlines in India, who are even struggling to meet their fixed cost due to revenues falling to zero.
The airline companies are also discussing support packages with the government.