India asks international airlines to waive cancellation fees due to coronavirus outbreak

Sun Online Desk

14th March, 2020 01:46:12 printer

India asks international airlines to waive cancellation fees due to coronavirus outbreak

India’s aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), on Friday asked international airlines operating to and from India to waive cancellation and rescheduling charges in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Private Indian airports, meanwhile, sought to levy a surcharge on airline fares to cover losses stemming from the outbreak.

The Association of Private Airport Operators (APAO), in a letter written on Friday to civil aviation secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola, sought a relief package from the government to stem losses caused to the aviation sector by a decline in airline bookings and aircraft occupancy.

The government on Wednesday suspended almost all visas to India, as Covid-19 cases in the country sharply spiked and the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a pandemic.

Fresh bookings and occupancy in domestic flights have dropped by 15-20% in the wake of the outbreak.


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