While the airline industry is going through a rough patch during lockdown, Mathews says the industry has to "try to reduce spending as much as possible so that you don't run out of cash".
IndiGo has also incorporated a plan for its pilots to report high-level wind and temperature data at different stages of a flight as desired by IMD across all flight operations.
Commercial flights have been suspended since March 25 when the country-wide lockdown began to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Opening up more airspace would reduce travel time and save on fuel, besides making civilian flying more efficient, Sitharaman said.
The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security issued a circular Wednesday doing away with security personnel stamping boarding passes of flight passengers at airports.
The last date for submission of bid documents is May 28 and the final list of prospective resolution applicants will be issued on June 10, as per a public document.
“Traffic levels will not be back to 100%. They won’t even be back to 25%. Maybe by the end of the year we approach 50%. So there will definitely be adjustments that have to be made on the part of the airlines," Boeing CEO said.
"We deny the contents of these reports and would like to clarify that IndiGo has not formulated any indicative proposal, nor does it have any interest in this matter,” IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta said in a statement.
To ensure that the aircraft are well protected, all cavities like engine air intakes, APU exhaust, air data probes and sensors are all covered with approved covers and blanked.
Lufthansa needs to be rescued after coronavirus travel bans forced the German group to ground 700 of its aircraft, leading to a 99% drop in passenger numbers and causing the group to lose about 1 million euros ($1.1 million) in liquidity reserves per hour.
The International Air Transport Association has said that onboard social distancing measures can result in “dramatic cost increases to air travel”.
GoAir said the airline has been requesting the Indian banking system for financial support but they have not yet reached a conclusion on how they should financially support the airlines despite various advisories from the RBI, it said
The indication from government officials, however, is that flights are expected to resume with 25-30 per cent capacity mid-May onwards.
Air carrier Vistara has announced temporary service alterations in domestic flights' premium economy class and economy class, including reduction in meal choices and withdrawal of some services.
Airbus executives expressed hope Wednesday that jet deliveries stalled by the virus could start picking up in the second half of the year.
SpiceJet's flight operations chief Gurcharan Arora told pilots through an email that "as of today, 16 per cent of our aircraft and 20 per cent of our pilots are flying".
Most airlines are trying to come up with measures that can instill confidence among the travellers. From airport practices to cabin layouts, things may look very different once we start traveling again
The extension of Air India bid deadline followed the government's move last month to extend the time given to investors to bid for its entire 52.98 per cent stake in Bharat Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) to June 13. The earlier deadline was May 2.
"We know we're going to have to borrow more money in the next six months in order to get through this really difficult moment, to provide the right liquidity to the supply chain that represents our industry," Calhoun said during the company's virtual annual general meeting.
About India, IATA said the pandemic is expected to potentially impact 29,32,900 jobs in the country's aviation and its dependent industries.