India shrugs off Day One chaos as flights chart their route to normalcy

Indian skies continued to open up steadily on Tuesday as the country sought to shake off the chaos of resumption, with more flights planned for the coming days offering a measure of respite for people stranded by the prolonged lockdown.

But future demand for air travel and the fortunes of domestic airlines, said analysts, will hinge on the course of the country’s economy, hobbled last year by a downturn and now by a coronavirus-induced grinding down. Economists predict that India’s GDP will contract for the first time in four decades, and business travel has all but vanished as companies cut costs.

Although a lack of preparedness and the reluctance of some states to allow their airports to open fully threw the Centre’s plans into disarray on Monday, airports and airlines managed the resumption of air travel with greater efficiency on Tuesday.

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