Indian travel operators in turbulence as the country sees no respite from raging Covid-19 wave

SourceArabian Business

India’s travel and tourism operators have been heavily impacted after the UAE and several other nations banned flights arriving from India as countries move to ensure that the raging wave of coronavirus spreading across India does not cross borders.

Firms in the sector – both large and small – have resorted to large-scale layoffs and industry experts said they’re apprehensive they’ll have to shut shop if the situation continues beyond a couple months.

The ban on flights from India to the UAE, introduced April 24, has been extended until May 15, but flights from the UAE to India are still allowed

“Most of our member firms – and we have about 2,500 members – have reported 70-80 percent staff reduction since last year. A significant part of this happened in the recent weeks after the ban on travel from India by the UAE and several other countries,” Jay Bhatia, vice president of Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), told Arabian Business.

“The more...