The Government recently permitted Indian airlines to increase the number of domestic passenger flights to 60 percent. This has been done to ease travel restrictions and revive the economy.
The new increase in capacity can help the aviation industry to get back on its feet
The Ministry had restarted domestic passenger services from May 25. This came after a gap of two months due to the pandemic and its subsequent lockdown. However, the airlines were allowed to operate not more than 33 percent of their pre-COVID domestic flights.
Then on June 26, the Ministry allowed the airlines to operate at a maximum of 45 percent. Changing its previous order of June 26, the Ministry issued an order stating that, “45 percent capacity may be read as 60 percent capacity.”
Since the resumption of domestic flights, the average occupancy rate in domestic flights has been around 50-60 percent only.
Scheduled international passenger flights continue to remain suspended in the country. However, special international flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission and under bilateral air bubble pacts signed with various countries.