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Onboard physical distancing to spike air fares by 50 per cent

Onboard physical distancing to spike air fares by 50 per cent

Aviation
The economic implication of physical distancing onboard and attendant vacant middle seats has been estimated to cost the industry more and therefore not sustainable. According to estimates, distancing measures on aircraft would shift the economics of aviation by slashing the maximum load factor to 62 per cent. That is well below the average industry breakeven load factor of 77 per cent. Already, a local airline, Dana Air, has hinted on the plans to keep the middle seats vacant for a while once commercial flights resume. But with fewer seats to sell, unit costs would rise sharply. Compared to 2019, air fares would need to go up dramatically—between 43 per cent and 54 per cent depending on the region—just to break even. FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2016, file photo, ec...