20 flights between Delhi-Bangkok, 26 between Mumbai-Singapore, 8 between Delhi-Singapore to be cancelled in March
The carrier said it will continue to monitor situation, evaluated need for any more adjustments to schedule
New Delhi: Full service carrier Vistara will cancel 54 international flights next month, including on routes connecting Delhi with Bangkok and Singapore, amid weak demand due to the coronavirus outbreak.
In a statement on Wednesday, the airline said it has made temporary adjustments to selected services to/ from Bangkok and Singapore for March.
Over 2,700 people have died due to Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) while the number of those infected is around 80,000. In the wake of the virus outbreak, whose epicentre is China, many airlines, including Indian carriers, have cancelled some of their overseas flights.
Air India has cancelled its flights to Shanghai and Hong Kong till June 30.
An Air India spokesperson said the airline has reduced its frequency of flights on Delhi-Singapore route to five days from seven days. Further, the airline is now operating flights on four days on Mumbai-Chennai-Singapore route while it was daily earlier. Last week, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said there was a potential 13 per cent full-year loss of passenger demand for carriers in the Asia-Pacific region due to COVID-19.
"Considering that growth for the region's airlines was forecast to be 4.8 per cent, the net impact will be an 8.2 per cent full-year contraction compared to 2019 demand levels.
"In this scenario, that would translate into a USD 27.8 billion revenue loss in 2020 for carriers in the Asia-Pacific region -- the bulk of which would be borne by carriers registered in China, with USD 12.8 billion lost in the China domestic market alone," the grouping had said on the basis of an initial assessment.
IATA is a global grouping of around 290 airlines, including Vistara and Air India. PTI RAM ANU ANU
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