Things for the domestic aviation industry seem to be improving in India. More and more footfalls are being registered in airports across the country on a daily. In another positive note, the Indian government has now allowed airlines to operate 10% more domestic flights as compared to now. Up until now, the airlines could operate up to 70% of their pre-COVID flights. But after the addition of 10% more flights, now airlines in India can operate up to a total of 80% of their pre-COVID flights. More details on the story ahead.
Airlines Now Allowed to Operate 80% of their Pre-COVID Flights
It is worth noting that airlines were allowed to resume domestic flights after a two-month ban on May 25, 2020. Initially, airlines were directed to operate up to a maximum of only 33% of their pre-COVID capacity.
As per a report from the Times of India, after 6 months of resuming domestic flights, the Indian government is now allowing the airlines to operate up to 80% of their pre-COVID flights. Looking at the kind of rate the government is allowing the airlines to increase their flight capacity in, it won’t be long until the airlines will be able to operate up to 100% of their pre-COVID flights capacity.
Hardeep Singh Puri, Aviation Minister of India, on Thursday said, “Domestic operations recommenced with 30K passengers on 25 May & have now touched a high of 2.52 lakhs on 30 Nov 2020.” Earlier when the winter schedule was released, the government had allowed the airlines in India to operate up to 60% of their pre-COVID fights.
The DGCA had cleared a maximum of 12,983 weekly domestic flights. In comparison, it is 44.3% down from the previous year’s 23,307 weekly flights. What’s interesting to note here is that the flight capacity has been increased by 10% twice within one month and now stands at 80%. Also, the current fare bands set for domestic flights won’t be interfered with until February 24, 2020, which is an extension from the earlier announced date of November 24, 2020.