Air India cuts flights due to low demand


Air India announced on Sunday that it would reduce its India-Sri Lanka services from 16 flights per week to 13 flights per week from April 9 due to weak demand. Sri Lanka is currently experiencing the worst economic crisis in its history.

With long queues for fuel, cooking gas, shortages of basic necessities and long hours of power cuts, the public has been suffering for weeks.

“Currently, Air India operates 16 flights per week – daily flights from Delhi and nine flights per week from Chennai,” an Air India spokesperson told PTI. Under the new schedule, the airline would operate a total of 13 flights per week, the spokesperson noted.

In the new schedule, while the frequency from Chennai will remain unchanged, flights from Delhi will drop from seven to four per week, the spokesperson said. “Four flights from Delhi instead of seven from April 9 due to bad loads,” the spokesperson noted.

AI 283 on the Delhi-Colombo sector will now operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from April 8 to May 30. AI 284 on the Colombo-Delhi sector will operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from April 9 to May 31.

The Sri Lankan government on Sunday blocked social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram after declaring a national public emergency and imposing a 36-hour curfew ahead of a planned anti-government rally over the country’s worst economic crisis. island nation.

After midnight on April 3, 2022 local Sri Lankan time, many people were unable to access their social media accounts, as confirmed by NetBlocks.

The move is aimed at preventing the masses from gathering in Colombo to protest the government’s failure to provide relief to the public suffering from shortages of food, essentials, fuel and medicine amid hours-long power cuts .
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has declared a state of public emergency amid a wave of protests over the country’s worst economic crisis. Rajapaksa issued a special notice in the Official Gazette on Friday, declaring a state of public emergency in Sri Lanka from April 1.

A shortage of foreign exchange in Sri Lanka has resulted in a shortage of essentials such as fuel and cooking gas. Power cuts last up to 13 hours a day. With long queues for fuel, cooking gas, shortages of basic necessities and long hours of power cuts, people have been suffering for weeks.

Rajapaksa defended his government’s actions, saying the currency crisis was not his fault and that the economic downturn was largely due to the pandemic due to the island’s tourism revenue and dwindling remittances. funds.


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