NEW DELHI: Indian carriers have been allowed to operate more domestic flights with the government on Thursday allowing them to have upto 80% of their pre-Covid flights — up from 70% earlier. Domestic air travel is steadily reviving after being allowed to resume at one-third of pre-Covid level on May 25 following a two-month suspension.
Airlines are hoping that the government will soon allow them to return to pre-Covid level of domestic operations. IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta wrote a mail to employees Thursday saying: “At this point of time, it looks like we are on a path to a graduated and measured recovery, and we are hopeful that the government will allow us to fly 100% of our domestic capacity by early next year. The outlook for international traffic continues to be challenging, and is a matter of some concern. While we are not yet out of the woods, we are certainly moving in the right direction.”
Aviation minister HS Puri Tweeted Thursday: “Domestic operations recommenced with 30,000 passengers on May 25 and have now touched a high of 2.52 lakhs on November 30. Aviation ministry is now allowing domestic carriers to increase their operations from existing 70% to 80% of pre-Covid approved capacity.”
Domestic operations recommenced with 30K passengers on 25 May & have now touched a high of 2.52 lakhs on 30 Nov 202… https://t.co/QBQNhuIZio
— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) 1606988415000
When the winter schedule for domestic flights was approved, airlines were allowed to operate 60% domestic flights. Accordingly, the DGCA had cleared a schedule for 12,983 weekly domestic flights — down 44.3% from 23,307 in winter 2019-20. Now the number of domestic flights will increase as the allowed capacity has been hiked twice within a month by 10% each time to 80% now. Accordingly the number of flights can go up by over 4,000 weekly from the schedule of almost 13,000 domestic flights.
Fare bands for domestic flights will remain in force till February 24, 2021, — a three-month extension from the earlier deadline of November 24, 2020.
Source From : Times Of India