In a tweet, aviation minister H S Puri said: “Domestic operations recommenced with 30,000 passengers on May 25 and have now touched a high of 2.52 lakh 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 covering 95 airports in winter 2020-21 — 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 in recent days by 10% each time to 80% now. Accordingly, the number of flights can go up by over 4,000 weekly from that schedule.
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.