Even in the midst of the global dread and gloom caused by the conflict in Russian – Ukraine, there is a light of optimism for Indian carriers.
The Indian government agreed to suspend the restriction on overseas flights on the 27th of this month, almost simultaneously with the Ukraine war. The foreign travel prohibition was lifted two years after international flights were halted owing of the covid epidemic.
When you combine this with the fact that some overseas destinations, such as Dubai, no longer require recurrent RT-PCR tests, Indian airlines are scrambling to get their international operations up and running.
Airlines had asked for the restriction on international flights to be lifted because they saw a tremendous opportunity due to pent-up demand.
There are also some tailwinds. Increasing oil prices, which have already surpassed $140 per barrel, could be a stumbling block. Fares will very certainly rise as a result of this, and air travel will be affected.
However, the reduction of restrictions and the elimination of costly RT-PCR tests will benefit Indian travellers, allowing them to save money.
With the Russian – Ukraine showing no indications of ending anytime soon, this will be a golden age for Indian carriers, who have been suffering from serious financial difficulties as a result of the prohibition on international travel, as they can finally turn to expanding their bottom lines.
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