Vistara: Prolonged suspension is impacting airlines

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A prolonged suspension of scheduled international flights to and from India has affected and alerted the financial health of most airlines be too early to conclude that the country’s aviation sector is coming out of the woods, told by Vistara after the pandemic clouds are slowly clear.

The full-service carrier has to go start their flying to eight international destinations during the pandemic, it has to welcome a “spry” approach amid the dynamic and unpredictable situation in the track of the coronavirus pandemic as some countries are now testifying rising infections.

Vinod Kannan, Vistara CEO-designate said, most predictions about the aviation industry’s recovery turned out to be incorrect in these highly unpredictable times, and it might be too early to say that India’s aviation industry is completely out of the woods.

Domestic air traffic is close to pre-COVID levels and grew by 70% in October over the same period last year.

Given the constant evolution of travel restrictions in different parts of the world, “the pick-up in demand in the international segment is still far from over, in an e-mail interview, Mr. Kannan, who is currently the company’s chief commercial officer, said.

He also said that although the administration of vaccines worldwide has brought hope and much positivity to the industry, it remains a dynamic, unpredictable situation.

Scheduled international air services to and from India continue due to the pandemic being on hold since the end of March 2020.

India has air droplet arrangements with over 25 countries for managing  overseas flights.

There is no evidence of normalization as discussions are going on against the backdrop of a spike in the massive coronavirus cases in some countries, but now the suspension is till November 30.

Vistara is starting flights to 8 international destinations—Doha, London Heathrow, Dhaka, Frankfurt,  Dubai, Malé, Sharjah, and Paris, through the pandemic.

According to Mr. Kannan, Vistara is observing a rise in preference for direct, non-stop flights on medium and long-haul routes, which gives an incentive to its growth plans in the international market.

Despite the continuous challenges, we continue to stay firm on our long-term expansion plans.

“We are currently working on”, he also said that regarding starting flights to the US, operations to the US have several requirements and approvals.

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