Govt to remove restrictions on domestic aviation capacity from Oct 18

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  • The government will remove restrictions on domestic aviation capacity from October 18, Civil Aviation Ministry said on Tuesday.
  • Currently, the cap on capacity for domestic flights was at 85%. Before that, the carriers were operating 72.5 percent of their pre-Covid domestic flights since August 12, according to the Civil Aviation ministry’s order. Between July 5 and August 12, the cap stood at 65 percent. Between June 1 and July 5, the cap was at 50 percent.
  • When the government had resumed the scheduled domestic flights on May 25 last year after a two-month break, the ministry had allowed the carriers to operate not more than 33 per cent of their pre-Covid domestic services. The cap was gradually increased to 80 per cent by December. The 80 per cent cap remained in place till June 1.
  • The May 28, 2021 decision to bring down the cap from 80 to 50 per cent from June 1 onwards was taken “in view of the sudden surge in the number of active COVID-19 cases across the country, decrease in passenger traffic and the passenger load (occupancy rate) factor”, the ministry had said.

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