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Coronavirus Impact | Indian airlines to see revenue decline of $11,610 million in 2020

IATA said the region was the first to feel the COVID-19 impact and airlines here saw passenger demand collapse 53.8%

India has the largest number of female pilots to cruise the skies, with 12 percent of the country’s commercial pilots being women. Western countries such as the United States and Australia by contrast, have less than half of this number as a percentage of their country’s women airline pilots. (Image: Reuters)
India has the largest number of female pilots to cruise the skies, with 12 percent of the country’s commercial pilots being women. Western countries such as the United States and Australia by contrast, have less than half of this number as a percentage of their country’s women airline pilots. (Image: Reuters)

Airlines in India will see a revenue decline of $11,610 million in 2020, besides a $3,060,000 million hit on aviation and dependent sectors due to the coronavirus pandemic, as per the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

India also saw passenger demand decline by 49 percent year-on-year (YoY), compared to 2019.

Overall, airlines in the Asia-Pacific region will be hardest hit, and are expected to clock close to $29 billion in losses for the year – more than a third of the $84.3 billion industry losses globally.

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“The year 2020 is the worst in aviation history and airlines are in survival mode. The carriers in Asia-Pacific will experience the largest losses at $29 billion. That’s a loss of $30.09 per passenger,” noted Conrad Clifford, IATA’s Regional Vice President for Asia Pacific.

IATA said the region was the first to feel the COVID-19 impact and airlines here saw passenger demand collapse 53.8 percent while running on reduced capacity of 39.2 percent.

Passenger demand is measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPK), while capacity is available seat kilometres (ASK). IATA represents 290-odd airlines, which comprise 82 percent of all global air traffic.

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“In this bleak outlook, the priority is for the region’s governments to facilitate the restart of air connectivity in line with the International Civil Aviation Organization’s Take-off guidance and principles,” said Clifford added.

He further said that it would take “a few years” for the industry to get back to 2019 levels of activity, but financial relief and assistance, besides flexibility in slot usage from governments to airlines would help. “We are also working with airports and air navigation service providers to identify areas of cooperation with a view to reducing costs for airlines,” said Clifford.

Find below losses listed region-wise per IATA estimates:
Country% change in passenger demand (2020 vs 2019)Demand impact (origin-destination volumes - 2020 vs 2019)Revenue impact $, millions, 2020 vs 2019)Potential jobs impact (aviation & dependent sectors)
Australia -53%-52,510,000-14,770-376,100
Bangladesh -49%-5,660,000-1,090-63,300
Fiji -51%-1,170,000-310-65,500
India -49% -93,270,000 -11,610 -3,060,000
Indonesia -50%-60,560,000-8,320-2,096,800
Japan -53%-99,790,000-23,920-620,700
Malaysia -52%-34,060,000-4,300-224,800
Maldives -53%-2,830,000-660-38,300
Nepal -52%-3,490,000-530-234,200
New Zealand -52%-13,250,000-3,480-176,400
Pakistan -53%-10,100,000-1,870-265,600
Philippines -49%-29,880,000-4,630-569,800
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First Published on Jul 13, 2020 02:27 pm
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