Domestic Flights resume in India: 428 flights and 30K passengers

On May 25, 2020, India witnessed the unlocking of the grounding on domestic aviation after precisely two months or so. With all the confusion about the restart of aviation till last night, and many states changing their guidelines till the last minute, passengers and airlines were visibly confused with what was going. Mumbai Airport changed its allowed number of flights late last night. This morning, around 82 flight movements into and out of Delhi Airport were cancelled.

The good news is, however, that airlines took off today. As per the Ministry of Civil Aviation today, 428 domestic flight departures took place on May 25, 2020, and flew 30,550 passengers departed today. That is an average of 71 passengers on a plane.

Here are some details on the departures and arrivals on May 25, 2020.

Here is the first departure of the day, 6E643, from Delhi to Patna at about 4:45 AM on IndiGo.

Air Vistara had all their cabin crew fully dressed up in PPE for the duration of the flight.

So did SpiceJet.

Passengers are supposed to fly with masks and a visor for the duration of the flight, to be provided by the airline at the gate. However, this Air India passenger took it to a whole different level today.

But the chaos that is deboarding did not stop in India. This is on An AirAsia India flight, I5884  between Mumbai and Delhi today, where an orderly deboarding was conveniently forgotten as the plane touched down. This was a full flight by the way from the looks of it.

There were some very stark numbers to show for the resumption of flights. For instance, Hyderabad to Kolhapur saw 19 passengers arrive on the plane and 22 passengers depart on the return flight today.

Madurai Airport said that on two flights from Chennai today, 19 and 46 passengers arrived respectively.

On May 24, it was decided that Kolkata and Bagdogra airports won’t function till May 27, but will deal with only 20 flights every day from May 28. Vijayawada and Vizag airports in Andhra Pradesh will deal with simply operate  20% of their pre-lockdown flights from May 26.

Mumbai Airport, India’s second busiest airport, will deal with solely 50 flights every day for now and Chennai Airport will see 25 arrivals per day, with no limit on the number of departures. Hyderabad Airport in Telangana will deal with 30 flights every day from Monday onwards.

Bottomline

It will be a long road to recovery for Indian aviation which was fuelled by cheap flights and many passengers taking flight for the first time. As the country stays in a lockdown and flight prices are regulated, it will be a very different era for the times ahead.


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  1. Hi Ajay, can you find out more about LX154? I’ve noticed this scheduled flight from ZRH to BOM has flown quite a few times recently, in fact the plane is en route to BOM as I post this. It’s definitely a passenger plane and I don’t think Swiss has much cargo to carry so are these repatriation flights from /to Switzerland?

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