Domestic Aviation Will Return To Normal In 2-3 Months: Aviation Secretary

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Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola, in a webinar organized by industry body FICCI, said that in the next two to three months, the domestic civil aviation sector is may return to normal.

He said, “the sector remained resilient during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but I don’t think that the bad period is over. It will take the next two to three months for the country’s domestic civil aviation sector to return to its normal. Big countries like India which have huge domestic market are where the future of the aviation lies.”

Civil Aviation Secretary, Pradeep Singh Kharola.
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According to Fitch Ratings, the expected average revenue passenger kilometres for India’s airlines to remain 40 per cent below 2019 levels in December 2021 despite recovering from being 65 percent lower in 2020.

Domestic Passenger Traffic Remains Weak

However, domestic passenger traffic is still weak since the resumption of flights in May after a two-month restriction. September data shows a 66 percent year-on-year drop (58 per cent decline for 9M 20).

The government put a cap on airline capacity at 70 per cent of the March level and imposed fare bands until late February 2021.

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