After IndiGo, GoAir, Air India and Vistara, SpiceJet today announced cancellation of its international flights — barring the Kolkata-Dhaka service — starting this Saturday till the end of next month. “In view of the unprecedented situation arising due to COVID-19, SpiceJet is forced to temporarily suspend majority of its international operations from March21 till April 31, 2020. We will resume the suspended flights as soon as the situation normalises,” SpiceJet said in a statement.
It, however, added that their Kolkata-Dhaka flight wouldcontinue to operate as per schedule. “Our Chennai-Colombo flight will restart from the March 25, 2020 while our Delhi-Dubai and Mumbai-Dubai flights will resume from April 16, 2020,” the statement further read. Vistara cancelled all its international flights on Wednesday followed after GoAir thatgrounded all its international operations. IndiGo and Air India suspended 65 per cent-70 per cent of their overseas flights and grounded several planes.
As aviation industry in India is struggling to main a normal schedule due to COVID-19, aviation consultant CAPA-Centre for Aviation has predicted a significant impact on the local airline industry, including initial grounding of 150 planes, retrenchments and an April June combined loss of up to $600 million for carriers excluding Air India.
It had last week said many airlines in the world would go bankrupt if government assistance was not forthcoming. The India report said without getting meaningful government support, some local airlines could run out of cash and shut operations by May or June. COVID-19, a global pandemic, has broken down the global aviation industry with airlines across the world having to cancel 30-90 per cent of their flights. Airlines in the US and UK have asked their governments for bailout packages worth billions of dollars.
Source: The Economic Times