Decoding the decline in air travel demand; here’s what aviation experts have to say

Air travel, which was resumed from May 25 after being suspended for two months, is witnessing a decline in demand as people seem to be confused over different state guidelines for travelling. This confusion and uncertainty is leading to a decline in the number of travellers, the IE reported. It said that cancellations have increased, especially in the cases of business travellers. Citing Ronojoy Dutta, CEO, Indigo, the report said that with different guidelines across the states, people are confused which further led to dampening in demand.

It is to note that after domestic travel was given a go-ahead in India last month, for a few days initially, the demand had come from those who wanted to travel back to their states or were in exigent situations. Director and CEO of consultancy firm CAPA South Asia, Kapil Kaul told the IE that demand fell mainly over the confusion in resumption, different quarantine norms across the states along with the fear of being infected from Coronavirus as the number of positive cases has escalated in the country.

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