Government allows 10% more domestic flights from December 3 – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Indian carriers have been allowed to operate more domestic flights with the government on Thursday allowing them to have up to 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.
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.”

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.

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