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International Flights from India are Expected to Resume from this Date: Check here

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As the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage in the country, Indian airlines have cut back on seat capacity in order to curb the spread of the virus. Several countries have banned flights from India. Domestic flights have also witnessed a drop in passengers in the last few weeks.

The daily domestic passenger count has fallen below 1 lakh for the first time in over six months, according to an Aviation Ministry report. In response to low passenger numbers, airlines have reduced their flying schedules and frequencies across popular routes.

Meanwhile, countries such as the US, UK, Dubai, Maldives, and many more, have restricted flights from India due to rising COVID-19 cases in the country. This has also impacted passenger numbers, especially those of Air India.

Commercial passenger flight ticket sales dropped nearly 30 per cent in the month of April 2021. The situation for small carriers is even worse compared to big players such as Air India because of their outreach. Indigo is being seen as the only survivor in the market because of its expanded business.

Air India will begin operating its flight services from London to Mumbai from May 17. However, the national carrier will not be operating on May 18, 23, and 30.

Earlier, Australia had announced a temporary ban on all its direct passenger flights from India. Soon after, Canada, UAE, and Britain also stopped flight operations from India, Later, Indonesia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Oman, Singapore, Kuwait also announced similar bans.

The US is considering re-starting its travel from India, while other countries are expected to tighten their border policy, according to some experts. Currently, Air India and United Airlines are still running flights between India and the US. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, from May 17, will allow vaccinated individuals to enter their borders, thus opening the country after a year.

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Get ready to pay more for purchasing Maruti Suzuki Cars: Read hiked rates

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Maruti Suzuki plans to increase the prices of its vehicles in the July-September quarter as the company has to deal with high input costs. In a regulatory filing, the company said that in the entire last year, the cost of the company’s vehicles continued to be adversely impacted due to the rise in various input costs.

“Hence, it has become imperative for the company to pass on some impact of the above additional cost to customers through a price rise,” it said.

The company further added that the price rise has been planned for the second quarter of this fiscal and the increase shall vary for different models.

It had earlier raised prices for different car models in April. Several vehicle makers have raised prices amid the pandemic as input costs have increased. Further, the decline in sales amid the pandemic has also impacted the industry.

However, with the situation easing across various states, restrictions are likely to ease and automakers would move back to normalizing the operations.

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