The pandemic has hit almost every sector of the Indian economy. While some areas recorded recovery till the second wave hit, aviation continued to show considerable stress even when the Covid-19 spread had subsided.
The second wave seems to have only worsened the health of the sector. Flights from India to top foreign destinations grew 60 per cent from July to December 2020, as the world opened up gradually (chart 1). United Arab Emirates, the top destination for Indians, saw a doubling of flights. !