Domestic carriers are now permitted to operate at 80% of their pre-Covid levels, said civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday.
The minister had said on November 11 that the Indian airlines operate up to 70% of their pre-Covid domestic passenger flights due to the prevailing demand amid the coronavirus situation.
Puri tweeted on Thursday, “Domestic operations recommenced with 30K passengers on 25 May & have now touched a high of 2.52 lakhs on 30 Nov 2020.” “Ministry of Civil Aviation is now allowing domestic carriers to increase their operations from existing 70% to 80% of pre-Covid approved capacity,” he stated.
The ministry had resumed scheduled domestic passenger services from May 25, after a gap of two months due to the coronavirus lockdown. However, the airlines were allowed to operate not more than 33% of their pre-Covid domestic flights. On June 26, this was increased to 45% and on September 2, it was further increased to 60%. On November 11, it was increased to 70%.
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