New Delhi: If reports are to be believed, Indian airlines may have started processes to begin accepting requests for air travel for the month of June.
Media reports citing insiders claim that ticket itineraries are being placed via online platforms. The players have not been identified and they do not include the national carrier Air India.
Re-starting operations in June could offer respite to financially battered airlines. It could also mean some salary for staffers who may have been waiting for months of dues in a lockdown struck India.
Currently, India is the 4th stage of a lockdown and there is nothing official about when airlines will be allowed to operate. Businesses including several non-essential ones have been given the green-signal to commence their operations, however travel related prohibitions continue to be enforced for rail and air travel, which remains suspended since late March.
An IANS report quotes an anonymous senior official as saying, "This move is important since we can prepare a schedule, keep the air crew and aircraft ready. We are on the verge of collapse."
"Some cash strapped airlines have begun their bookings for the month of June to gather some cash from the customers which shall help them to survive the recovery period," Nishant Pitti, CEO and Co-Founder of EaseMyTrip.com was quoted as saying in this report.
With the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) yet to offer a green-signal, cargo operations are a major bread-butter for handful of aviation players. However, fixed cost, employee compensation components have dented financial positions and stock prices of major players.
With lack of future advisories, the aviation sector is flying on hope that something will be announced once Lockdown 4.0 comes to an end. But, will the government allow lockdown to end?