As the Ministry of Civil Aviation has removed the restrictions on domestic flight capacity, Domestic Airlines in India are now allowed to operate at 100% of their pre-Covid capacity (without any restrictions) from today (Oct 18) onwards.
The Aviation Ministry in an order last week said, “After review of the current status of Scheduled Domestic Operations viz-a-viz passenger demand for air travel”, the ministry has been decided to “restore the scheduled domestic all operations with effect from 18-10-2021 without any capacity restriction.”
The decision comes after the daily domestic passenger traffic continue to increase and crossed the 3-lakh mark over the weekend.
The domestic air passenger traffic grew by 2-3 percent at around 68-69 lakh in September 2021, compared to 67 lakhs in August 2021.
Till now domestic carriers are allowed to operate at 85 percent of their pre-Covid capacity which is an increase from last month’s 72.5 percent.
However, the following restrictions and Covid-19 protocols are continue in place
- Minimum and Maximum fare caps will continue to be applicable on domestic flights.
- No serving or selling of meals on domestic flights with duration of less than 2-hours.
- During boarding and travel, all passengers shall use face covers/mask. They will also follow hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene and maintain environmental hygiene.
It’s worth mentioning that the Govt of India had capped domestic flight capacity for nearly 17 months now, as they were first imposed in May 2020, following the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country.