The aviation watchdog of India, DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) on Sunday said it’s approved 13K (Around 12,983) weekly domestic flights of airlines for the winter schedule that begins on 25th October 2020 and continues till 27th March 2021.
Last year, the aviation regulator had approved 23,307 weekly domestic flights within the winter schedule, which is 45% higher than the present year’s schedule.
The DGCA further said that, out of 12,983 weekly domestic flights,
- The largest carrier of India, IndiGo will operate 6,006 weekly domestic flights
- Spicejet have gotten 1957 weekly domestic flights
- While, budget carrier GoAir will only operate 1,203 weekly domestic flights.
Currently, airlines in India are allowed to operate a maximum of 60 percent of pre-COVID weekly domestic flights.
In comparison to last year’s winter schedule, when 23,307 weekly domestic services were approved by the DGCA, this year’s winter schedule has got just 55.7 percent (12,983 flights) of those flights approved, according to the aviation regulator.
These 13K percent domestic flights will be operating from 95 Indian airports between October 25 and March 27, 2021, the DGCA said.
India resumed scheduled domestic flights on May 25 after a gap of two months because of the coronavirus pandemic. At that point, airlines were permitted to operate just 33 percent of their pre-COVID domestic flights. This figure was gradually increased in the later months.