The outbreak of COVID-19 in the complete sense has adversely affected the airline industry. Besides this, the recent decision by the state government to keep air travellers in quarantine for 14 days has further reduced the number of air travellers. The point to be noted here is that quarantine is not mandatory for the people who have a confirmed return ticket.
As per information, the passengers with confirmed return ticket donâ€™t have to remain quarantined at the city they had travelled to, but they have to remain in quarantine for 14 days after their return. This rule does not apply to those travelling by private vehicles. Hence majority of travellers are preferring to travel by private vehicles over airlines. Earlier, Nagpur airport used to handle around 34 to 35 flights every day. This number due to the pandemic as it has reduced to just 6 flights every day. The reduction in the air travel has also affected the airlines. The airlines are following COVID guidelines laid down by the government to the lines. All the aircraft are sanitised time to time. After doing all these things, keeping people in quarantine for 14 days did not make sense. Due to the worst condition of the airlines, the travel agents in the city are facing heavy loss and they have appealed to the government to relax 14 day quarantine rule in order to save the industry.