IndiGo will fly half-full planes without food service for some time, provided flights are restarted

NEW DELHI: Will resume operations slowly at first every time the blockade is lifted with on-board social distance measures, such as half-full and food-free planes for some time. The airline is taking all steps to reduce costs and retain valuable cash.

The government will soon decide whether to extend the 21-day national blockade and, if so, for how many days. Odisha decided to extend it until April 30. On the resumption of scheduled commercial flights, Aviation Minister HS Puri had tweeted on April 2: The current block on domestic and international passenger flights is until April 15. A decision to restart flights after this period remains to be made. If necessary, we will have to assess the situation on a case-by-case basis.

The IndiGo CEO wrote in an email to employees on Friday: “We don't know when the lock will be lifted, but our plan in the future is to start the airline slowly at first and gradually increase capacity. We have always been very safety conscious and now we must also be health conscious. With this in mind, we are looking to change many of our operating procedures.

“The new set of procedures has not yet been finalized. But we will clean our aircraft more frequently, we will leave the food service for a short period and we will run our coaches with a maximum load of 50% of their capacity. We will soon publish the new set of operating procedures, added the Dutta email.

He said that the focus of airline management is to take care of all our stakeholders, our customers, our employees, our investors and the community we serve. We are making sure that we are taking decisive action taking into account every set of stakeholders ... In situations like these, companies do not achieve growth or profitability but liquidity. That means that our singular focus is on cash flow. We are examining all of our fixed costs and looking for ways to minimize them. ”

He told employees that the most important thing right now is to focus on our health and the health of the people around us.