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Crush load to crash landing: why drop in July passenger traffic could spark a full-blown airfare war

Encouraged by the passenger traffic in June, the aviation industry was expecting further growth in July. But passenger traffic has fallen in the month so far. Besides derailing all the sanguine projections, the numbers have also put to rest several theories floated over the past few weeks. And this could lead to an airfare war in the months ahead.
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27 Jul 2020 11 Mins Read 0 comment
Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri visits the Vistara Boeing 787-9 displayed at an international exhibition at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad on March 14, 2020. Getty Images
Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri visits the Vistara Boeing 787-9 displayed at an international exhibition at Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad on March 14, 2020.
For a newly married couple who could not fulfil their dream honeymoon in Europe due to the pandemic, hiring a plane to fly from Kolkata to Agra seemed the next best alternative. Of course, it was an expensive proposition, but the young couple readily paid an airline INR25 lakh to be flown to the city that houses the monument of
July passenger traffic has turned out to be a damp squib, and it may lead to a full-blown airfare war in the sector. And until the clouds clear, airlines may have to continue to rely on fairy-tale honeymoons and magnanimous passengers to avoid becoming a part of history like Kingfisher Airlines and Jet Airways. (Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)
For a newly married couple who could not fulfil their dream honeymoon in Europe due to the pandemic, hiring a plane to fly from Kolkata to Agra seemed the next best alternative. Of course, it was an expensive proposition, but the young couple readily paid an airline INR25 lakh to be flown to the city that houses the monument of July passenger traffic has turned out to be a damp squib, and it may lead to a full-blown airfare war in the sector. And until the clouds clear, airlines may have to continue to rely on fairy-tale honeymoons and magnanimous passengers to avoid becoming a part of history like Kingfisher Airlines and Jet Airways. (Graphics by Mohammad Arshad)

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