The government has allowed Indian airlines to increase their number of domestic passenger flights from 33 per cent to 45 per cent of their pre-COVID capacity. The Ministry of Civil Aviation had restarted domestic passenger services from 25th of May after a gap of two months due to lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Yesterday, the Civil Aviation Ministry modified its previous order of May 21 where it had restricted capacity utilisation of domestic flights to one – third of the approved summer schedule. In the revised order, the Ministry has increased the capacity limit to 45 per cent.
The decision was taken after review of the current status of scheduled domestic operations in comparison to passenger demand for air travel. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has been asked to prepare the schedule of the airlines.