New Delhi: Government has increased the allowed capacity of civil aviation operations on domestic routes from 50 per cent to 65 per cent.
The order issued on Monday by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) in this regard has become effective with immediate effect and will remain in force up to Jul 31, 2021 of until further orders.
“Considering the increasing passengers’ demand for domestic air travel, the capacity of domestic civil aviation operations will be increased to 65 per cent from 50 per cent from the date of issue of this order and up to 31.07.2021 or until further orders.” the ministry twitted along with a copy of the order.
After a blanket ban for two months of scheduled passenger flights in the country last year MoCA had given permission for resumption of air operations from 25 May 2020 with capacity curtailed to 33 per cent of pre-Covid level. It was gradually increased to 80 per cent.
Owing to the second wave of pandemics and a sharp drop in the number of passengers, the ministry had again reduced the allowed capacity ceiling to 50 per cent on 28 May 2021.