Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Wednesday that the revenue of Indian aviation companies declined 85.7 percent to Rs 3,651 crore during the first quarter of the year 2020-21 as compared to the same period of COVID-19.
In addition, the employee strength of Indian carriers declined from 74,887 on 31 March to 69,589 on 31 July, a decrease of 7.07 per cent, Mr. Puri said in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.
“The revenue of airport operators declined from Rs 5,745 crore during April-June 2019 to Rs 894 crore during April-June 2020,” he said.
The minister said that the staff count at the airports has come down from 67,760 on 31 March to 64,514 on 31 July.
Scheduled domestic flight services in India were suspended from 25 March to 24 May due to a coronavirus-triggered lockdown. He was resumed from 25 May but in a rude manner.
Shri Puri said that in April-July, the number of employees of ground handling agencies declined by 22.44 percent to 29,254.
In his written reply, Mr. Puri was giving information about “the impact of COVID-19 on civil aviation sector”.
The minister said, “Indian carriers’ revenue has declined from Rs 25,517 crore during April-June 2019 to Rs 3,651 crore during April-June 2020.”
Mr. Puri said that the total revenue of Air India decreased from Rs 7,066 crore during April-June 2019 to Rs 1,531 crore during the first quarter of 2020-21.
Mr. Puri said that domestic air traffic in the country fell by 1.2 million in the March-July period as compared to 5.85 crore in the year-ago period.
He said that during the period March-July, international traffic declined to 11.55 lakhs, as compared to 93.45 lakhs a year ago.
Scheduled international flights to India have been suspended since March 23 due to a coronavirus-triggered lockdown.
However, special international passenger flights have been operating in India since May under the Vanda India Mission and since July under bilateral air bubble arrangements between India and other countries.