Covid-19 Impact: IndiGo To Suspend Meals, Fill Only 50% Seats In Airport Buses After Lockdown
An IndiGo Airlines’ plane on a runway. (Photo: PTI)

Covid-19 Impact: IndiGo To Suspend Meals, Fill Only 50% Seats In Airport Buses After Lockdown


Once the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19 is over and flights are allowed to fly again, InterGlobe Aviation Ltd.’s IndiGo airlines will deep clean its aircraft more frequently, stop in-flight meal service for a brief period and will fill a maximum 50 percent seats in airport buses, Chief Executive Officer Ronojoy Dutta said on Friday.

"...Our singular focus is on cash flow. We are examining all our fixed costs and looking for ways to minimise them," he said in an email to employees which was accessed by PTI.

Dutta said IndiGo’s plan after the lockdown will be going forward to first start the services and gradually ramp up the capacity. “We have always been very safety conscious and now we must be health-conscious as well. With this in mind, we are looking at changing many of our operating procedures. The new set of procedures has not been finalised yet.”

But we will deep clean our aircraft more frequently, we will be discontinuing meal service for a brief period and we will run our coaches at a maximum load of 50 percent capacity. We will be coming out with the new set of operating procedures very soon.
Ronojoy Dutta, CEO, Interglobe Aviation

Also read: IndiGo Says No Salary Deduction For Employees Due To Domestic Flights Suspension

India has imposed a 21-day lockdown till April 14 to curb the coronavirus pandemic. Consequently, all domestic and international commercial passenger flights have been suspended for this time period. However, cargo flights, offshore helicopter operations, medical evacuation flights and special flights permitted by Indian aviation regulator Director General of Civil Aviation are permitted to operate during the lockdown.

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