As India looks to resume commercial international passenger flights in a phased manner from next month, several other countries have already opened their airspace for international flights as the aviation industry tries to get back on its feet and passengers adjust to flying in a post-Covid world.
American carriers like United Airlines are getting their aircraft back to the skies while Delta Airlines operated its first passenger flight between the US and China on June 25.
While Delta has said it will continue to cap flights at around 60 per cent capacity till September, other airlines have decided to sell every seat while requiring passengers and crew members to wear masks on board.
Calling it the “worst year” in the history of aviation, global airlines body IATA said earlier this month that airlines across the world were expected to lose $84.3 billion in 2020 due to the pandemic.
“In 2021, losses are expected to be cut to $15.8 billion as revenues rise to $598 billion,” said the IATA, which has around 300 airlines as its members that handle around 82 per cent of the total global air traffic.