IndiGo To Operate Only 60 Per Cent Domestic Flights (Representational Image) (Photo Credit: File Photo)
IndiGo said on Friday that it will be operating 60 per cent of its domestic flights on Sunday when 'Janta curfew' would be in force. Moreover, as the airline has seen reduction in demand due to the pandemic, it will be operating 25 per cent less domestic flights for now.
"On Sunday 22nd March, in line with the Janta curfew announced by the Prime Minister on 19th March, the airline will be operating approximately 60 per cent of its normal domestic schedule, in order to accommodate those with urgent travel requirements on that day," the airline said.
"Going forward, responding to the various travel restrictions imposed worldwide, most of our international flights are suspended and additionally, given the reduction in domestic demand, we are trimming our domestic India operations by approximately 25 per cent for now," it added.
In this "fluid" situation, IndiGo said it will continually review operations to match capacity to demand.
Early today, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) announced that its services will be closed on Sunday in view of the ‘Janata curfew’.
It is worth mentioning here that the total number of coronavirus cases in the national capital on Thursday rose to 16, according to the Delhi Health Department.
Calling for “resolve and restraint” to fight coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asked the entire country to observe ‘Janta curfew’ on Sunday.
In a nearly 30-minute national broadcast, he asked people to stay indoors and work from home as much as possible while underscoring the dangers of coronavirus, saying the world has never seen a crisis as grave as this.