Some states tightened procedures after at least 30 asymptomatic passengers tested positive after landing in locations across India in the first week since flights resumed.
An Emirates spokeswoman declined to comment beyond the airline's statement on Tuesday that some employees had been laid off.
The offer from the German airlines group Lufthansa has come at a time when the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise in India, especially in metro cities that have the country's largest airports like Delhi and Mumbai.
The two B777 aircraft will be operated by pilots of the Indian Air Force and not of Air India.
The company posted a net loss of Rs 870.8 crore for the March-quarter, compared with a Rs 595.8-crore profit after tax same period last year.
'Voice of Pax', a survey conducted by BIAL to understand passenger perception and expectation towards air travel amid the coronavirus pandemic, revealed that 90 per cent of passengers considered air travel much safer compared to the other modes.
Indian carriers operated a total of 4,062 flights till June 1 -- 428 on May 25, 445 on May 26, 460 on May 27, 494 on May 28, 513 on May 29, 529 on May 30, 501 on May 31 and 692 on June 1.
Prior to the beginning of the reduction cycle in February — when airlines had already started curtailing flights on account of low demand and travel restrictions caused by COVID-19 outbreak — the price of jet fuel stood at Rs 64,323.76 per kilolitre.
According to airline sources, the pre-flight check personnel failed to scrutinise the said pilot’s report and deemed him fit to fly.
According to the circular, flying through a swarm can cause problems for aircraft at the time of landing and takeoff with all the air inlets of an aircraft, including engines, air conditioning packs, etc, prone to being damaged by the insects.
Shortly after disclosing the job cuts, Boeing announced Wednesday that it has resumed production of the grounded 737 Max jetliner. Two deadly crashes of Max jets pushed Boeing into a financial crisis months before the coronavirus squeezed global air travel to a trickle.
As of early Thursday, as many as four passengers, at least two of which were asymptomatic, had tested positive upon arrival.
On the flight movement on Tuesday, the aviation minister said the airports have handled 325 departures and 283 arrivals with 41,673 passengers till 5 pm.
Lufthansa Chief Executive Officer Carsten Spohr has previously said the airline, Europe’s biggest with over 760 jets pre-crisis, would slash emissions by investing in more fuel-efficient aircraft.
Berlin, which has set up a 100 billion euro fund to take stakes in companies struck by the coronavirus crisis, said it plans to sell the Lufthansa stake by the end of 2023.
A senior government official, on condition of anonymity, said that the Civil Aviation Ministry has been monitoring the situation in countries like the US, the UK, Italy, the UAE, Singapore, Thailand, etc to assess whether it will be safe to resume commercial operations to these destinations.
The plea, filed by Commander Deven Kanani, stated that during the Vande Bharat Mission flights, Air India did not maintain physical distancing norms and filled all seats, endangering lives of the passengers.
While airlines did not offer an official comment on the proposal to cap fares, they said a minimum fare would help only if intrinsic demand was muted, but setting an upper cap could create shortages like that for trains.
India Domestic Flights Tickets and Fares: Union Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said 40 per cent of the seats in any flight would have to be sold at the mid-point of the lower and upper air fare limits prescribed for any route by the authorities.
Airlines are allowed to release boarding passes only after obtaining a self-declaration from passengers that they are not residing in a containment zone or have been under quarantine, the ministry guidelines said.