The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) India on Monday extends the restrictions on domestic flights till 31st May 2021, which means the 80 percent cap will remain effective till 11.59 pm on May 31.
On 19th March the Aviation Ministry has announced that all domestic airlines will have to limit their capacity to 80 percent of the pre-Covid capacity because the number of air passengers has declined due to Covid-related restrictions.
The decision comes in view of the prevailing situation of Covid 19 in the country.
Civil Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri had tweeted that, there has been a decline in the number of air passengers as some states have imposed restrictions such as compulsory RT-PCR tests due to a renewed spike in coronavirus cases.
“Last few days have seen a decline in the number of air passengers largely due to restrictions and imposition of compulsory RT-PCR test by various states. Due to this, we have decided to retain the permissible limit to 80 percent of the schedule,” Puri had said.
The civil aviation ministry had set the 80 percent limit on December 3, 2020, without specifying till what date it would remain in place.