As PM Modi announced a nationwide lockdown to stop the spread of Coronavirus Pandemic, all domestic and international flights barring few essential and rescue flights have been grounded bringing the Indian aviation industry to a standstill. Not only this, many pilots and crew members who were put under mandatory home quarantine faced backlash from societies they are staying in a fear of virus spread.
While few crew members may have lost their spirit due to these incidents, many may have lost the spirit due to the unforeseen revival of the industry, which has resulted in job loses, and salary cuts.
An Indigo pilot Pradeep Krishnan has now made a video with pilots and cabin crew of all leading airline in India to say their morale is high and they will fly again soon.
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Our wings are clipped for now But we were always meant to soar So it's just a matter of time Before we take flight again To widen your horizons once more Through howling winds and pouring rain, We'll take you back to memory lane. Our spirits you will never tame WE WILL FLY AGAIN - Capt Amrita Ravindran @amritaravindran . . . To you Mr. Corona, we Indians now declare We’ll lay you to rest, we seek no fanfare Enough is enough, away from the glare We’ll rid the Planet of the COVID-19 nightmare. And we Pilots, my friends, will soon take to the air Joyous music, from every grateful country, will blare. - Chandra R Menon EX Deputy Manager Air India. I would like to thank the lovely people that appeared on this video for they didn’t take more than a second to give their nods. How I wish this world had more such lovely people. @tapshi @pilotjaffer @pilotjassigr8 @lakshay.verma @bleaanddarky @girl.pilot @airbuspilot_anshul @capt_moulee @savneetkhaira @mohitsingh @krithika_vishwanath @sarah.dsouza13 @anjnasingh @kiniajay @guneetkaur1987 @chetanverma @cmeefly @amritaravindran @prabhuparthasarathy @flyinghigh_shruti . . . Directed by @capt_pradeepkrishnan Cuts by @editorkarthik . . . #wewillflyagain #pilot #aviation #pilotlife #avgeek #airplane #aircraft #aviationlovers #cabincrew #love #flying #instaaviation #fly #flight #airbus #instagramaviation #aviationdaily #corona #airport #plane #aviationgeek #coronawarriors #planespotting #weareaviation #instaplane #cabincrew #cockpit #sky #flightstewardess #flightattendant
The video, while highlighting the grim reality of the lockdown on the aviation industry, also gives a hope that they will fly again soon.
In its report titled 'COVID-19 & the State of Indian Aviation Industry,' the aviation consultancy CAPA forecast domestic traffic to decline to around 80-90 million this fiscal from an estimated 140 million in FY2020.
International traffic is expected to fall from approximately 70 million in the previous financial year to 35-40 million passengers or may be even less in the current fiscal.
"The combination of COVID-related travel restrictions and an economic downturn is likely to result in 1Q FY2021 being a virtual washout for the Indian industry.
"The second quarter is historically the weakest period for demand and hence airlines are only likely to limp back into recovery," aviation consultancy CAPA India said.
With Inputs from PTI.