A senior government official, on condition of anonymity, said that the Civil Aviation Ministry has been monitoring the situation in countries like the US, the UK, Italy, the UAE, Singapore, Thailand, etc to assess whether it will be safe to resume commercial operations to these destinations.
The plea, filed by Commander Deven Kanani, stated that during the Vande Bharat Mission flights, Air India did not maintain physical distancing norms and filled all seats, endangering lives of the passengers.
While airlines did not offer an official comment on the proposal to cap fares, they said a minimum fare would help only if intrinsic demand was muted, but setting an upper cap could create shortages like that for trains.
India Domestic Flights Tickets and Fares: Union Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said 40 per cent of the seats in any flight would have to be sold at the mid-point of the lower and upper air fare limits prescribed for any route by the authorities.
Airlines are allowed to release boarding passes only after obtaining a self-declaration from passengers that they are not residing in a containment zone or have been under quarantine, the ministry guidelines said.
While the airline industry is going through a rough patch during lockdown, Mathews says the industry has to "try to reduce spending as much as possible so that you don't run out of cash".
IndiGo has also incorporated a plan for its pilots to report high-level wind and temperature data at different stages of a flight as desired by IMD across all flight operations.
Commercial flights have been suspended since March 25 when the country-wide lockdown began to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Opening up more airspace would reduce travel time and save on fuel, besides making civilian flying more efficient, Sitharaman said.
The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security issued a circular Wednesday doing away with security personnel stamping boarding passes of flight passengers at airports.
The last date for submission of bid documents is May 28 and the final list of prospective resolution applicants will be issued on June 10, as per a public document.
“Traffic levels will not be back to 100%. They won’t even be back to 25%. Maybe by the end of the year we approach 50%. So there will definitely be adjustments that have to be made on the part of the airlines," Boeing CEO said.
"We deny the contents of these reports and would like to clarify that IndiGo has not formulated any indicative proposal, nor does it have any interest in this matter,” IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta said in a statement.
To ensure that the aircraft are well protected, all cavities like engine air intakes, APU exhaust, air data probes and sensors are all covered with approved covers and blanked.
Lufthansa needs to be rescued after coronavirus travel bans forced the German group to ground 700 of its aircraft, leading to a 99% drop in passenger numbers and causing the group to lose about 1 million euros ($1.1 million) in liquidity reserves per hour.
The International Air Transport Association has said that onboard social distancing measures can result in “dramatic cost increases to air travel”.
GoAir said the airline has been requesting the Indian banking system for financial support but they have not yet reached a conclusion on how they should financially support the airlines despite various advisories from the RBI, it said
The indication from government officials, however, is that flights are expected to resume with 25-30 per cent capacity mid-May onwards.
Air carrier Vistara has announced temporary service alterations in domestic flights' premium economy class and economy class, including reduction in meal choices and withdrawal of some services.
Airbus executives expressed hope Wednesday that jet deliveries stalled by the virus could start picking up in the second half of the year.