Airlines face worst crisis, only 25 flyers on 256-seater flight
MUMBAI: When was the last time a Friday afternoon online search for a flight next morning to London and return showed a total fare of just Rs 46,000? On Friday, Turkish Airlines offered exactly that with a 75 minute layover in Istanbul. Generally in March, Mumbai-London return fares on direct flights would cost over Rs 80,000 just 24 hours in advance.
On Friday, you could have also booked a Delhi to New York flight, fly out with a cabin bag and land in the US before Saturday midnight (local time) and return after Holi for as little as Rs 58,000. In March any other year, such a last-minute trip would cost over Rs 80,000.
In the “extraordinary circumstances” that international airlines find themselves in, under the cloud of Covid-19, even dirt cheap fares are finding only few takers. So, when a Singapore flight took off from Mumbai this week, the 256-seater plane had just 25 passengers. Similarly, a London-Mumbai flight landed in the city with only 60 passengers in economy class. The coronavirus outbreak has hit airline bottomlines like nothing has in the past two decades since 9/11, say industry insiders.
Besides East Asian destinations, flights to West Asia, such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi, have also been hit severely. On Friday, a Mumbai or Delhi resident could have booked a return flight to Dubai or Abu Dhabi for travel this weekend at Rs 13,200.
“An economy class return fare on direct flight from London to Mumbai, bought just 24 hours in advance this time of the year would cost anything over Rs 80,000. What's on offer now is the lowest sub-class of fare,’’ said the agent. On Friday though, the cheapest fare on direct flights to London from Mumbai was Rs 53,000 and from Delhi was Rs 58,000, both on Air India.
Like many airlines the world over, Air India too has begun curtailing flights. On Friday, it brought out a schedule amendment which cut the frequency of its flights from Delhi to Singapore, Rome, Milan. Others like Emirates currently have discount offers on their flights to Europe, Mauritius, Seychelles for travel from 13 March to November.
Early this week, International Air Transport Association (IATA), an airlines’ trade body, deemed these to be “extraordinary circumstances”. “Airlines are experiencing serious declines in demand. Including, a carrier experiencing a 26% reduction across their entire operation in comparison to last year; a hub carrier reporting bookings to Italy down 108% as bookings collapse to zero and refunds grow.
译文来源：三泰虎 http://www.santaihu.com/49455.html 译者：Jessica.Wu
Thinking Human • 9 hours ago
Ramdas B • Bangalore • 5 hours ago
Corona virus has dealt a body blow to the airline industry which is affecting other industries tourism, hotels, global trade, oil prices are down. It’s a chain reaction. Thanks to Chinese eaters
Raman • Chennai • 4 hours ago
well. in good days the airline made plenty of money.
now their time....
Rajkumar • 6 hours ago
should learn from India. cancel flight. why waste fuel. shift fliers to other flight.
SRINIVASA BABU.R • BALRAMNAGAR • 9 hours ago
Very bad news. The airlines will get into loss.
Rajkumar • 3 hours ago
duffer airline .why waste so much fuel for 25 flyers. cancel flight. shift to other flight / airline.
arunmudhaliar Mudaliar • 3 hours ago
We may go back to bullakart age...awesome...
Manoranjan • 4 hours ago
The answer can be given by Rahul Gandhi and his all knowing FM who are ready to blame Modi Govt for every ill which they created.
Partha Banerjee • 4 hours ago
This corona virus is really create a havoc in the whole world and due to this virus, lot of financial loss has been happened and we don't how much loses will more done by the virus.
Parishuddham • idupula paya • 4 hours ago
All these are irrelevant to me, as I live in a small village, no interest in foreign lands like mad cap rich fellows. Even, not scared of Corona or any virus.
Sreekanth • Vijayawada • 4 hours ago
Will Rahul Gandhi say that Corona is the creation of Modi!?
Praying Mantis • 5 hours ago
Fossil By Then • 3 hours ago
World is now realizing that India is the greatest civilization EVER on earth.
A Ash • 3 hours ago
Chinese will eat even human waste and export all bad things to the world.
Sambappa Kalvala • 7 hours ago
People are not taking risk
murthy krishna • 3 hours ago
Dilip • 3 hours ago
Even one flight per week is enough now to make it profitable to fly
K Ksheera Ram • 3 hours ago
I flew from Kuwait to Jeddah this week on sunday. There were 9 passengers and 10 crew members including pilots!!
Kunal Dutt • 4 hours ago
Why are we not shutting down our airspace for all flights.
Rajendra Jasathy • 4 hours ago
Cost of local travel still high.
Indian • New Delhi • 4 hours ago
whole tourism industry doom ...carona carona...
Shivkumar • RAJKOT • 1 hour ago
Whatever the crisis, Mumbai local trains would go packed to capacity and the Holi rush on the trains would be the same.
Ritesh Sahu • 2 hours ago
Airline industry will be the biggest loser
Dreet• 2 hours ago
Tourism industry too
Sandipan • Kolkata • 4 hours ago
Again the root cause of this problem is CHINA.