Corona: Domestic air travel falls 33% in March; call for supporting aviation industry grows

Coronavirus’ devastating impact on air travel saw March 2020 witnessing one-third less domestic flyers than same month last year.

While domestic flights were stopped from March 25 (meaning seven days of no flights that month), the March 1-24 midnight period saw 77.6 lakh people flying within the country, down 33% from 1.1 crore in the full corresponding month last year, according to DGCA data released Thursday.

April has not seen any schedule commercial domestic or international passenger flights in India. Last April India had witnessed 1.1 crore passengers flying within the country on schedule flights — a figure that is zero for this April.

Domestic and international flights were initially stopped from March 25 and 22, respectively, till March-end to prevent the spread of coronavirus and international were to be barred from March 22-29.

Then as part of the nationwide lockdown from March 25, all schedule passenger domestic and international passenger flights have been stopped in India and their date of resumption is yet to be decided.

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