Budget carrier SpiceJet on Thursday, March 19, followed Vistara and GoAir in grounding all its international operations temporarily from March 21 till April 30 in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak. SpiceJet is the fourth Indian airline to suspend all international flights due to Covid-19.

SpiceJet Boeing 737 MAX 8.

The development comes minutes after private airline Indigo announced a pay cut of up to 25 percent for all employees due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this week, full-service carrier Vistara and GoAir announced suspending international operations. Meanwhile, while IndiGo and Air India also suspended 65 percent to 70 percent of their overseas flights and grounded several aircrafts.

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Sources said GoAir was also planning a 20 percent pay cut for employees as the Covid-19 outbreak has created a serious crisis for the airline industry across the world.

Besides SpiceJet, Vistara, GoAir, and IndiGo had already suspended international operations till the month-end. Several airlines worldwide, including Indian carriers, will be bankrupt by the end of April or May due to the Covid-19 outbreak and only coordinated government and industry action right on time can avoid the catastrophe.