New Delhi. Customers of budget airline IndiGo may have to wait for international flights for now. Actually, IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta has said that it would be impractical to start scheduled international flights at this time. Instead, it would be better to gradually increase the number of air bubble flights with different countries, he said.
Scheduled international passenger flights closed since March last year
Due to the corona virus epidemic, scheduled international passenger flights service in India is closed since March 23, 2020. However, since July last year, special flights are being operated between India and about 28 countries under the bilateral ‘air bubble’ system.
The CEO said that he is very excited about the new Civil Aviation Minister of India, Jyotiraditya Scindia. Dutta said, “Scindia is playing a leadership role to address the concerns of the entire industry. The partnership that is developing between the industry and the ministry is encouraging.
India cannot unilaterally start scheduled international flights
IndiGo is currently operating 1,150 flights daily. It has 70 to 75 international flights. The rest are domestic flight services. Dutta said that India cannot unilaterally start scheduled international flights. Other countries will also have to agree on this. He said, “There are health concerns, which I cannot underestimate. Different countries are at different levels in COVID-19 management. Apart from this, there is also the issue of testing or testing which is confusing the passengers.
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Maximum bubble flights the right way
IndiGo’s CEO said that it would not be appropriate to start scheduled international flights service in one stroke. Dutta said, “But I believe more and more bubble flights are the right way. It should be increased gradually. We did the same for domestic flights. We started with 33 per cent and then went up to 50 per cent. Then go further.”
Scheduled domestic flights were allowed in India on 15 May last year after a two-month lockdown. Initially, only 33 percent of the operations were allowed as compared to the pre-Covid level. Gradually 72.5 percent of domestic flights have been allowed.
Air bubble flights run in more and more countries
Dutta said, “We want more and more countries to open for air bubble flights. UAE and Doha have opened it which is a good thing. Bangladesh has also started this recently, but with limited flights. He said that some more countries like Saudi Arabia and Thailand also need to open it.
IndiGo upbeat about demand for charter flights
The CEO said that he is very excited by the demand for charter flights. The demand for these charter flights is coming from countries like Italy, Kazakhstan and the Philippines, which we did not expect. He said that there were a few months when we have done charter flights up to 1,500. I believe this was the apex level of such charter flights.
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