Domestic Airline Can Now Operate At 80% of Pre-Covid Capacity


The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) on December 3 allowed domestic airlines to operate at 80% of their pre-COVID-19 pandemic approved capacity.

Earlier the domestic airlines in India are allowed to operate at 70 percent of their capacity as of now because of COVID-19 pandemic-induced restrictions.

The decision came after a sharp surge in the passenger load levels since the resumption of air travel in May.

“Domestic operations recommenced with 30K passengers on 25 May & have now touched a high of 2.52 lakhs on 30 Nov 2020. @MoCA_GoI is now allowing domestic carriers to increase their operations from the existing 70% to 80% of pre-COVID approved capacity.”

Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri said in a tweet.

Last month, the Centre had allowed domestic airlines to deploy up to 70 per cent of their flight capacity, up from 60 per cent capacity utilization in the domestic sector allowed with effect from September 2.

In June, the capacity was raised to 45 per cent from an initial 33 per cent.


Passenger air services were suspended on March 25 due to the nationwide lockdown to check the spread of Covid-19, and domestic flights resumed in a phased manner from May 25.

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