The civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday said that the number of domestic air passenger traffic is returning to pre-COVID levels.
“Number of domestic passengers grows steadily towards pre-COVID figures. 2,35,564 passengers on 2,238 flights, total flight movements 4,480, total footfalls at airports 4,69,871,” Puri wrote on Twitter on January 13.
What Happened To The Domestic Air Traffic?
The central government had suspended domestic flights in March due to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
The pandemic has hit the aviation industry hard.
However, domestic flight operations were gradually resumed on May 25 after strict guidelines and quarantine rules.
Also, the DGCA earlier extended the suspension of all international flight operations in the country till 31 January.
The Central government started Vande Bharat Mission on 6 May to bring back the stranded Indians from across the world.
Under the mission, over 44.7 lakh have returned to India from different countries, informed the civil aviation minister.
Air India and several other private domestic airlines IndiGo and SpiceJet have been operating flights under Vande Bharat Mission since the commencement of the mission.
India also temporarily suspended its Vande Bharat flights from the United Kingdom due to the emergence of the new strain of coronavirus.