Govt orders domestic flights to operate at full capacity from October 18

Govt orders domestic flights to operate at full capacity from October 18
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In the wake of an abating Covid-19, the domestic flights will be able to operate at full capacity from October 18. An order issued by the Government of India said today.

The decision comes after reviewing the current air travel demand, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said.

“After review of the current status of Scheduled Domestic Operations viz-a-viz passenger demand for air travel“, it has been decided to “restore the scheduled domestic air operations with effect from 18-10-2021 without any capacity restriction,” the ministry stated.

What is Capacity caps in flights?

It translates to the number of flights or departures that an airline can order as a percentage of a schedule during a season.

And when it comes to the government’s capacity caps on the airline sector, it has been in place for nearly 17 months now.

They were first imposed in May 2020, after the COVID-19 outbreak. The flight capacity was tight following the devastating waves of coronavirus.

The capacity was increased to 65 per cent in July. It was further raised to 72.5 per cent in August. The last upward revision was made in September when the capacity was increased to 85 per cent.

Moreover, the Ministry of Civil Aviation circulated a fresh circular to all airlines and airports in India.

The circular asks them to provide protocol courtesy support to Members of Parliament at airports. Besides, all the airlines’ operators will have to ensure necessary Covid-guidelines.


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