India is set to resume domestic flight operations from the first week of June and will start accepting bookings at least 10 days prior, only after the assessment of the situation, according to a senior aviation official. India is currently under a nationwide lockdown and all flights have been grounded since March 25 in a bid to curb the coronavirus outbreak. However, there is no clarity on international travel yet.
Airlines like Spicejet, AirAsia, Indigo, Vistara and GoAir are taking bookings with departures from June 1. However, Air India has not done so yet. According to an aviation consultant Capa India, India’s aviation sector is expected to incur a loss of $3-3.6bn in the June quarter as they have been forced to remain grounded and there is no clarity as to when they will be allowed to take off again.
India has seen two sets of lockdown already and it has been further extended from May 3 to 17. However, the government has given its citizens certain guidelines during the next couple of weeks. India has witnessed more than 1,200 deaths because of the pandemic. More than 37,000 have tested positive for COVID-19 in the country out of which almost 10,000 have recovered.