Indian airports to handle 30% fewer departures in April 2020 compared to last year

MUMBAI: The impact of COVID-19 restrictions on air travel will cause Indian airports to handle approximately thirty percent fewer flights this month compared to April 2019, according to data released by OAG, a consulting firm with UK based aviation.

Among the most affected countries are Thailand, with only 5,800 departures, a drop of 87 percent; Spain with only 7,800 departures, a 90 percent reduction, and Italy with only 7,600 departures, which is a 87 percent drop, according to OAG traffic statistics for April. Indian airports will handle approximately 68,518 departures in April, which is 29% less compared to the same month last year. Along with India, with an average of approximately 69,000 departures, are countries such as Japan and Indonesia.

Overall, this equates to 272 million fewer seats scheduled this month than last April. In absolute terms, the regions with the largest capacity reductions are Eastern Europe - down 83 million seats, North America - decreased by 53 million seats, and - decreased by 42 million seats, the report said. All regions will see significant reductions, about 58 percent globally, on average, in April compared to last April.

Regarding country pairs, UAE-India ranked eleventh among 20 country pairs with 502,576 seats in April 2020 compared to the same month last year, showing a monthly drop of 70 percent . The biggest loser with 98 percent was Spain-Italy, followed by China-Thailand with 97 percent and the United Kingdom-Italy with 96.5 percent.

IndiGo, which was sixth on the Top 20 Airlines list, will see a 44% reduction in April 2020 compared to last year and a 14.7% reduction in flights in the past 12 months. But the numbers would be cautious if the block on flights extends beyond mid-April.

UAE-India ranked eleventh among the top 20 country pairs with 502,576 seats in April 20,220, all at 70 percent compared to April 20. The biggest loser with 98 percent was Spain-Italy, followed by China-Thailand with 97 percent and the United Kingdom-Italy with 96.5 percent.

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