Centre allows airlines to operate domestic flights up to 80% of pre-COVID-19 capacity

The cap, which was at 45 percent in June, was increased to 60 percent in September. On 11 November, it was further increased to 70 percent

Press Trust of India December 03, 2020 19:36:59 IST
Centre allows airlines to operate domestic flights up to 80% of pre-COVID-19 capacity

File image of Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. News18

New Delhi: The cap on the number of domestic flights that Indian airlines are permitted to operate was increased from 70 percent to 80 percent of their pre-COVID levels on Thursday, said Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.

The minister had said on 11 November that the Indian airlines can operate up to 70 percent of their pre-COVID domestic passenger flights due to the prevailing demand amid the coronavirus situation.

Puri tweeted on Thursday, "Domestic operations recommenced with 30K passengers on 25 May & have now touched a high of 2.52 lakhs on 30 Nov 2020."

"Ministry of Civil Aviation is now allowing domestic carriers to increase their operations from existing 70% to 80% of pre-COVID approved capacity," he stated.

The ministry had resumed scheduled domestic passenger services from 25 May, after a gap of two months due to the coronavirus lockdown.

However, the airlines were allowed to operate not more than 33 percent of their pre-COVID domestic flights.

On 26 June, this was increased to 45 percent and on 2 September, it was further increased to 60 percent. On 11 November, it was increased to 70 percent.

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