Centre allows domestic flights can operate at full capacity from October 18

NEW DELHI: The Central on Tuesday permitted airlines to deploy full pre-Covid flight capacity on the domestic sector from October 18. The capacity will be increased to 100 per cent from 85 per cent, which was set by the Civil Aviation Ministry on September 18, 2021, up from 72.5 per cent allowed in August and 65 per cent in July.

The carriers have been operating 85 per cent of their pre-COVID domestic services since September 18, according to the ministry's order."After review of the current status of scheduled domestic operations in respect of passenger demand for air travel in terms of the purpose specified in the initial order it has been decided to restore the scheduled domestic operations with effect from October 18, 2021 without any capacity restriction," the Ministry said in the order issued on Tuesday.

The order noted that the decision was taken after a review of the current status of scheduled domestic operations considering the passenger demand for air travel.The domestic aviation sector was reopened on May 25, 2020 with a limited capacity of 33 per cent. Since then, the operational capacity has only been increased in consonance with rising passenger traffic.

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