The most recent forecast is really a sharp downward revision when compared to traffic of 8-9 crore passengers believed earlier for the similar period. Within the wake from the pandemic, the nation is under lockdown till May 3 and commercial flight operations will also be suspended.

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Revising downwards its forecast, global aviation consultancy CAPA on Friday forecasted India’s domestic air traffic at 5.5-7 crore for that current financial year citing structural damage and weakness of customer sentiment increasingly visible.

The most recent forecast is really a sharp downward revision when compared to traffic of 8-9 crore passengers believed earlier for the similar period. Within the wake from the pandemic, the nation is under lockdown till May 3 and commercial flight operations will also be suspended.

“CAPA has revised its traffic projections downwards for FY2021 from your April 6 update. The estimate for domestic traffic has declined from 80-90 million (8-9 crore), to 55-70 million (5.5-7 crore), while worldwide estimates are lower from 35-40 million (3.5-4 crore) to twenty-27 million (2-2.7 crore) because the structural damage and weakness of customer sentiment be visible and forward bookings presently remain frozen,” it stated inside a report.

Social distancing protocols would constrain air travel capacity but demand within the second quarter is anticipated to become so weak in almost any situation that it’s unlikely those visitors could be much greater even when there have been no limitations, it noted.

Based on the report, Indian carriers will have to re-align their fleet deployment plans using the expected amounts of demand and believed the airlines could be operating around 265-300 aircraft within the domestic market and 80-95 on worldwide routes within the other half of the present financial year.

“Indian aviation is anticipated to confront a number of challenges within the coming days and several weeks, because both versions will have a serious structural impact. The potential risks and implications are perhaps under-believed in a policy level,” it stated.

Further, the report stated the very first major test for that industry will be the Top Court decision on cash refunds as some carriers might need to organise funds to conform when the court rule towards passengers.

“If the imminent apex court ruling on passenger refunds is the opposite of the airlines out of the box likely it might trigger the necessity to fund USD 300 million of domestic refunds,” CAPA stated.

An open interest litigation continues to be filed within the Top Court seeking directions towards the Center and also the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to inquire about airlines to refund full quantity of the tickets that got cancelled within the wake of limitations enforced to retain the COVID-19 pandemic.

A legal court has searched for responses in the Center and also the DGCA around the plea.