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Industry Welcomes Restart of Domestic Flights

The aviation and travel industry have welcomed the Government’s decision to restart domestic flights from May 25. Ankur Bhatia, Executive Director, Bird Group said that the ndustry has been waiting for systematic opening of domestic flights. “Even though the capacity will be limited to begin with, it is a step in the right direction as many stranded people will be able to travel by air. Government has given a detailed SOP which will be helpful in curtailing spread of the virus. Fare cap might be challenging and impact the airline yields, but these are extraordinary times and such measures are required. Three months is the right period to see how the demand plays out with fare caps in place. Eventually the industry will bounce back as reform measures are afoot. Air Travel will also help stimulate other economic activities and demand. Government should now plan to open hotels as they are hand in glove with air travel. Most travelers need hotels as well to stay,” Bhatia said.

Rajesh Magow, Co-founder and Group CEO, MakeMyTrip said that the resumption of domestic air travel after a shutdown of over 60 days is an important step that will provide access to thousands of people via the quickest means possible. “It will also go a long way in helping kick-start economic activities as businesses reopen. Safety of travellers is paramount to us and as domestic skies open up, we will continue to work closely with our airline partners to ensure safe and convenient travel experience, adhering to the new protocols announced by the ministry,” Magow said.

Vishal Suri, Managing Director, SOTC Travel, said: “We welcome the recent announcement on resumption of domestic operations from 25th May. The calibrated opening up of domestic routes is a favorable move in reviving the aviation industry. Capping airfares will ensure that ticket prices are affordable for passengers. The resumption of flights adhering to all health and safety rules will encourage travel. In our preparedness to address the immediate demand that we are likely to witness with domestic travel, SOTC Travel has introduced “Back to Life” Holiday campaign which focuses on building a positive perception towards travel. As the new normal of travel sets in with passengers strictly following the specific pre-flight, in-flight and post-flight guidelines, the combined efforts within the ecosystem will pave the way forward for sustainable progress."

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