The Desire to Fly again

The Desire to Fly again
Corona has been one of a kind to gate crash the cloistered benefits that humanity was enjoying in the period pre epidemic times with a wide range of economic and industrial boom that we had become used to. Now, as a recurring economic cycle of disparity engulfs us, the airlines industry is one of the worst affected industries in this pandemic. With nearly, 40-50% reduction in the travel this year and the temporary suspension of the airlines like Boeing, Qatar Airways, Lufthansa and Emirates to name a few; the overall revenue has taken a toll in this sector of economy. Aviation is among the worst-affected sectors amidst the Covid-19 crisis that has taken the scale of a pandemic. According to the International Air Transport Association, airlines globally can lose in passenger revenues of up to $113 billion due to this crisis. Airfares have also come under pressure due to nearly 30 per cent drop in bookings to virus-affected destinations. As a result, airfares to many dream destinations have fallen by 20-30 per cent. Domestic traffic growth is also gradually being affected with domestic travellers postponing or cancelling their travel plans. Airfare in the popular domestic routes have been reduced by 20-25 per cent and airfares are expected to remain subdued for the summer season as well. Cash reserves of airline companies are running low and many are almost at the brink of bankruptcy. Moreover, the crisis could lead to loss of jobs and pay cuts. However, at such a crucial juncture we should germinate the seeds of hope rather than that of disparity within our hearts as was stated by Helen Keller once: optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
  Hope however perches upon us like a triumph of eternity for us. The pandemic has taught us the lesson of perseverance more than anything for us. Those umpteen hours of hard work that one has put forth to become a successful flyer needs to be reminded now more than ever. If we cannot develop wings in one day to fly high how is it possible to keep flying uninterruptedly day in and day out. If we draw parallels from other pragmatic thinking that human beings have experienced, we can draw the essence of optimism as well from them. Suppose, what would have been the plight of Germans if they would have left hoping that they can come out of this catastrophe, or if the USA would have not strived to make efforts to stop the fall in the stocks of the real estates in the year 2007 from putting them into a pothole of bankruptcy, the list goes on and on. But, the most important thing that the people, government of these countries did was that they believed that things will be better for them.
The fundamental thing that perhaps all the pilots as well as the crew members can do now is to have the belief to zoom into the horizon again with their wings on. Airliners also should do some requisite step to help these selfless workers to tide through this tsunami. People around the world are suffering this ordeal and these people are not out of the sphere. This is a collective suffering of the human being and the people of airlines industry should also understand this. However, the collective suffering is always warded off by a cumulative effort. The cumulative effort in this case will be to abide by the rules of the governments of the various countries that have been put forth. The distant morrow is brimming with the reverberating lessons from the following lines of the American poet Langston Huges which we should adhere to in times of such an impending crisis:

“Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”
Utsa Mukherjee  [MBA HR]
Manager HR
AirCrews Aviation Pvt Ltd
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