Six months after Covid-19 lockdown: Airlines, hotels try to journey back

Faced with their worst crisis and without any financial assistance from the government, the viability of the Indian aviation and tourism industry is in peril

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Airlines and travel firms are slowly trying to limp back to life, without any clear map given these unprecedented times

In March, as the number of coronavirus cases across the world rose, forcing Air India to evacuate Indians from China and Italy, civil aviation ministry mandarins were meeting in Hyderabad for the biennial Wings India event. “There is no need for the aviation sector to worry about coronavirus. It’s a temporary phase,” Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri told the gathering.   Seven days later, India went into lockdown. Air transport was grounded for two months, the longest ever in the history of civil aviation.   Six months later, faced with their worst ...