The flight cancellations due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on demand and crews, for example Air Greenland in Greenland, which suspended the sale of plane tickets for a week, or the low cost IndiGo in India which cut about 20% of its current program.
While thousands of cancellations are still posted every day since Christmas, mostly at USA et en China for reasons of health crisis but also of weather, the impact of the Omicron variant on air traffic is almost universal. The sale of new plane tickets is for example suspended until January 16, 2022 inclusive by Air Greenland, based at the airport of Nuuk and whose network includes 14 domestic and two international destinations (Reykjavik and Copenhagen). The quarantines assigning passengers as crew members make operations difficult, underlines the airline which explained to KNR that “in accordance with the recommendations of the authorities, it is not currently Not possible to buy a ticket on www.airgreenland.gl until January 16 inclusive ”.
Air Greenland points out that the sanitary measures in place restricting the number of passengers in its 37-seat De Havilland DHC-8-200 to 19, there was in any case very few places available, which it prefers to keep for cases of emergency. It has also received a special authorization from civil aviation to have onlya single cabin crew on board these planes: “on these flights, it will be the pilots on board who will be in charge of the safety briefing and communication with the passengers”. Passengers who are rebooked due to the 19-passenger limitation will automatically be rebooked for an alternative departure “as soon as possible”, underlines Air Greenland.
Omicron’s impact is even more impressive and Inde, where the number of contaminations explodes: based at the airport of Delhi, la low cost IndiGo However, at the end of 2021, it exceeded 2019 traffic levels on its domestic network. But she announced on Sunday that she wanted reduce by a fifth its flight schedule: “where possible”, cancellations will be announced at least 72 hours in advance and affected passengers will be moved to the next departure.
“Due to the growing number of Omicron infections, a large number of IndiGo customers are changing their travel plans,” a statement said; the low cost therefore waives modification fees and “offers free modifications for all new and existing bookings made until January 31, for flights until March 31, 2022”.
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