reiterated that no commercial flights will be allowed to operate until the spread of the
has been controlled and that the lifting of restrictions will only be considered later.
Market leader IndiGo
is selling tickets from June 1, as is Vistara, the local affiliate of Singapore Airlines, searches showed. SpiceJet, the nation’s second-biggest airline, and Go Airlines India, which has furloughed 90 per cent of its staff, are selling tickets from May 16. Tickets weren’t available on the websites of state-run Air India
India, the local partner of Malaysia’s AirAsia
“We are working on that. Hopefully will find ways to resolve soon,” Arun Kumar, the head of Directorate General of Civil Aviation, said in a text message when asked about the sales.
declined to comment. Representatives at IndiGo, SpiceJet
didn’t immediately respond to requests for comments.
InterGlobe’s shares slid 5 per cent on Wednesday and SpiceJet
fell 3.5 per cent. The benchmark Sensex index advanced 2.4 per cent. InterGlobe
is down 28 per cent this year and SpiceJet
has slumped over 60 per cent.
Airlines around the world are using ticket sales to generate cash flow as the pandemic brings travel to a standstill, drying up revenue sources. Flybe Group, Europe’s biggest regional airline, and Virgin Australia Holdings, have already collapsed after running out of cash. Reports also said Air Mauritius has been sent into voluntary administration.