Govt. Allows Domestic Airlines To Operate At 70% of Their Pre-COVID Capacity


As the domestic passenger traffic in India continues to increase, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation is now allowing all domestic carriers to increase their operational capacity from the existing 60% to 70% of the pre-COVID level.

“Domestic operations recommenced with 30K passengers on 25 May & have reached 2.06 lakhs on 8 November,” Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri said in a tweet.

Last week the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) had said that the Indian airlines can operate a maximum of 60% of their pre-COVID domestic passenger flights till February 24 next year due to the prevailing coronavirus situation.


On 26th June, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) had allowed the Indian airlines to operate with a maximum of 45 percent of their pre-COVID domestic flights.

The Govt had allowed airlines to operate domestic passenger flights from May 25, after a gap of two months because of the coronavirus-triggered lockdown in the country.

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

Airline carriers are now expecting that the MoCA would further increase the cap on domestic flights so that they can soon reach their pre-COVID levels, according to reports.


For example, full-service carrier Vistara is expecting to operate 100 percent of its pre-COVID domestic passenger flights by April next year, said its Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Vinod Kannan on Wednesday.

Currently, Vistara is operating around 55 percent of its pre-COVID scheduled domestic passenger services.

Moroever, SpiceJet said it is operating 52 per cent of its pre-COVID domestic flights currently.

Scheduled international passenger flights continue to remain suspended in the country since March 23 due to the pandemic.


However, special international flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May and under bilateral air bubble pacts signed with various countries since July.

(With Inputs From PTI)

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