Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has approved for 12,983 weekly domestic flights for the upcoming winter schedule. The winter schedule is slated to start from this Sunday, i.e, November 1, 2020, and will end on March 27, 2021. Compared to last year’s 23,307 weekly approved domestic flights for the winter schedule, this year’s schedule is going to see 10,324 lesser number of flights. More on the story ahead.
DGCA Allots Most Number of Weekly Flights to IndiGo
As per a report from the PTI, India’s number one low-cost carrier, IndiGo has got the most number of weekly flights in the upcoming winter schedule. DGCA has allotted IndiGo 6,006 weekly flights whereas its competitors, SpiceJet and GoAir have got 1,957 and 1,203 weekly flights which are fairly lesser in number than IndiGo.
So now the airlines will be operating 23,307 weekly flights this winter schedule. Indian airlines are now allowed to operate up to 60% of their pre-COVID weekly domestic flights. Back in May when domestic flights were resumed, airlines were only allowed to operate 33% of their pre-COVID weekly flights. But that number has now increased to 60%. This is a good sign since the number of flights has been increasing with time and recovery for the sector doesn’t seem too far fetched.
Looking at the number of weekly flights that are approved by the DGCA this year's winter schedule and then comparing them from the number of weekly flights in the winter schedule last year, there is a negative difference of 44.3%. This year, the airlines are only operating 55.7% of the flights this winter schedule.
Even though the number of weekly flights approved has dropped, the demand for domestic air travel is increasing with time. Airlines have been adding new flights on a regular now and the numbers are only going to increase further.
However, International fights still remain suspended since March 23. Still, the government has allowed the airlines to operate special international flights under air bubble agreement with other countries.