COVID-19 second wave: Air traffic takes a hit, up to 35% flights remain cancelled

by moneycontrol

Amid the second wave of COVID-19 cases and restrictions on movement, airlines have taken a severe hit as demand for air travel reduced drastically in April. Strict restrictions and mandatory COVID-19 test have forced people to reconsider their travel plans.

Over the last few days, most airlines have cancelled 20-35 percent of flights and are flying at 50-60 percent of the pre-COVID capacity, the Economic Times reported.

“In the next few days, flight schedules will slump like a deck of cards. This month and the next will be very bleak,” a senior executive told the paper.

The decreased demand for air travel may again prompt airlines to cut salaries and reinforce leave without pay for employees. “More airlines will ground more plans and lay off staff,” an airline executive said, as per the report.

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