New Delhi: The second wave of COVID-19 has derailed India’s domestic aviation sector once again as the number of flyers has dipped by 27 per cent in Apr 2021.
According to data release by Director General of Civil Aviation office today, 57.25 Lakh people took flights compared to 78.22 Lakh in March this year. This is a 26.81 per cent drop on month-on-month basis.
For second consecutive month, since May 2020, number of flyer has dropped. Due to COVID-19 a complete ban on scheduled domestic flights was enforced in March last year. Domestic flight operations were restarted on May 25, 2020 after a gap of two months. Since then number of air travelers kept on inching up every month till Feb 2021. This figure came down slightly to 78.22 Lakh in March from 78.27 Lakh in February this year before nose diving by 27 per cent in April.
Number of flyers are set to come down further in May as daily data of people boarding flights have come down below 60,000. Many state Governments have put strict restrictions and guidelines for air travel. Apart from this many people are also apprehensive about travelling at a time when COVID-19 infection is on its peak.