It seems that Indian airlines are back on track as they have been pushing forward with their bid to have additional domestic capacity. The airlines of the country have already crossed the pre-pandemic numbers for quite some time now. The carriers crossed the pre-pandemic numbers in January this year, however, had to hold back because of the resurgence of Covid. But now in the quarter ending June, the airlines are completely back on track and display no signs of falling back.
Comeback for Indian Airlines
New data suggests that after March 5, India's airlines have deployed over 2,500 flights every day and are now approaching 2,800 rotations. The credit for this comeback goes to high vaccination rates, low COVID levels, and no government interference. That being said this three month period has been the longest since the pandemic when airlines have been witnessing constant growth and yet nothing can be said for sure. Although, the rebound time has decreased significantly as we saw in the case of the Omicron variant.
But when it comes to international flights, India is still lagging behind a bit. In 2019, the country was deploying 1,100 flights daily with the highest number being 1,233. Now in the last week, the number is still down by 15% from the pre-pandemic levels as we deployed 928 international flights. However, the positive aspect is that the numbers are growing and traffic is already up 11%. There has been a continuous increase week-on-week, raising ambitions that we will be back at 2019 levels by the end of the year.