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Fight for survival: Here's what airlines are doing to cope with coronavirus crisis

Updated : 2020-03-23 16:54:52

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has asked airlines to ensure that adjacent seat to passengers are always vacant to ensure social distancing on planes.

 *In a latest development, the government of India has suspended all domestic flight operations from 11:59 pm of March 24.  There have been serious concerns over the spread of coronavirus and airlines in India and across the world are taking measures so that the virus is curbed. At the same time they need to ensure that the impact of COVID-19 on revenue is reduced to as low as possible. Here’s a look at what airlines are doing to fight for survival. (Image: Reuters)
*In a latest development, the government of India has suspended all domestic flight operations from 11:59 pm of March 24. There have been serious concerns over the spread of coronavirus and airlines in India and across the world are taking measures so that the virus is curbed. At the same time they need to ensure that the impact of COVID-19 on revenue is reduced to as low as possible. Here’s a look at what airlines are doing to fight for survival. (Image: Reuters)
Singapore Airlines | The city-state’s flag carrier has slashed 96 percent of its capacity and has grounded most planes. About 138 SIA and SilkAir planes, out of a total fleet of 147 have been grounded. The company's low-cost carrier Scoot will operate just two out of its 49 plane-fleet. (Image: Reuters)
Singapore Airlines | The city-state’s flag carrier has slashed 96 percent of its capacity and has grounded most planes. About 138 SIA and SilkAir planes, out of a total fleet of 147 have been grounded. The company's low-cost carrier Scoot will operate just two out of its 49 plane-fleet. (Image: Reuters)
Emirates Airline | The Dubai-based airline is suspending all passenger flights from March 25 for at least two weeks. In fact the United Arab Emirates has halted all inbound, outbound and transit passenger flights to combat the spread of coronavirus. (Image: Reuters)
Emirates Airline | The Dubai-based airline is suspending all passenger flights from March 25 for at least two weeks. In fact the United Arab Emirates has halted all inbound, outbound and transit passenger flights to combat the spread of coronavirus. (Image: Reuters)
Indigo | The Gurugram-headquartered airline operated only 60 percent of its domestic schedule during the ‘Janata Curfew’ on March 22. It has suspended all international operations and has reduced its domestic fleet to match market demand over the next few weeks. The carrier also announced that its staff will take a pay cut to survive the slowdown in air travel. (Image: Reuters)
Indigo | The Gurugram-headquartered airline operated only 60 percent of its domestic schedule during the ‘Janata Curfew’ on March 22. It has suspended all international operations and has reduced its domestic fleet to match market demand over the next few weeks. The carrier also announced that its staff will take a pay cut to survive the slowdown in air travel. (Image: Reuters)
Qantas Group | Australia’s flag carrier said it operate scheduled international flights of Qantas and Jetstar until late March to help repatriate Australians. It would then suspended all flights until at least the end of May. The company said last week that it would “stand down” two thirds of their 30,000 employees until at least the end of May to preserve jobs for the long term. (Image: Reuters)
Qantas Group | Australia’s flag carrier said it operate scheduled international flights of Qantas and Jetstar until late March to help repatriate Australians. It would then suspended all flights until at least the end of May. The company said last week that it would “stand down” two thirds of their 30,000 employees until at least the end of May to preserve jobs for the long term. (Image: Reuters)
American carriers | American Airlines has already suspended about 75% of its long-haul international flights until May 6. Southwest Airlines too has stopped operations to all their international destinations on March 22. Southwest announced that it would resume normal operations to international destinations on May 4. (Image: Reuters)
American carriers | American Airlines has already suspended about 75% of its long-haul international flights until May 6. Southwest Airlines too has stopped operations to all their international destinations on March 22. Southwest announced that it would resume normal operations to international destinations on May 4. (Image: Reuters)
GoAir | The Wadia Group-owned airlines has cancelled all flights from Delhi Airport, Mumbai and Bengaluru until April 15. GoAir had cancelled all flights on March 22 keeping in mind PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Janata Curfew’. The airline has issued rescheduling guidelines for travel between March 19 and April 15 and April 15 to September 30. The airline has waived off rescheduling changes for travel until September 30, 2020. (Image: IANS)
GoAir | The Wadia Group-owned airlines has cancelled all flights from Delhi Airport, Mumbai and Bengaluru until April 15. GoAir had cancelled all flights on March 22 keeping in mind PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Janata Curfew’. The airline has issued rescheduling guidelines for travel between March 19 and April 15 and April 15 to September 30. The airline has waived off rescheduling changes for travel until September 30, 2020. (Image: IANS)
Vistara | The Tata SIA full-service carrier said last week that it would operate on a reduced network on March 22, due to the Janata Curfew. Passengers who were affected by the cancellations will be contacted soon by the airline. (Image: Vistara)
Vistara | The Tata SIA full-service carrier said last week that it would operate on a reduced network on March 22, due to the Janata Curfew. Passengers who were affected by the cancellations will be contacted soon by the airline. (Image: Vistara)
DGCA announcement | The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has asked airlines to ensure that adjacent seat to passengers are always vacant to ensure social distancing in planes to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
DGCA announcement | The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has asked airlines to ensure that adjacent seat to passengers are always vacant to ensure social distancing in planes to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
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