Domestic Flights may increase overall capacity by Diwali, says Puri

Domestic Flights

While the Pandemic has ruined many ceremonies and reunion plans due to the suspension of flights – both domestic and international – there stirs up some hope for domestic flights in the months to come. Union Aviation minister Hardeep Puri said that he hopes the number of domestic flights will reach 55-60 percent of the pre-coronavirus level by Diwali this year. 

Due to the nationwide lockdown, the entire country has been facing massive amounts of financial losses. The aviation sector has also incurred massive losses due to the two-month-long suspension of services. 

Puri said, “we are assuming that by Diwali this year, we will have 55-60 percent of pre-COVID domestic flights operating in India. 

As per a report released this year by the aviation consultancy firm CAPA India, the Aviation industry has faced losses in the first quarter of the year and this could further go on to $3-3.6 billion owing to the Covid-19 relation obstructions in aviation services. 

On July 15th, however, a total of 1,633 flights operated, carrying around 1,40,000 passengers nationwide. At the beginning of the Unlock 1.0, the government allowed airlines to operate at a maximum of 33 percent. The government also went ahead and capped the airfare for seven domestic sectors. Rajiv Bansal, CMD of Air India said that as on July 13th, Air India and Air India Express operated 1,103 flights managing to bring back 2,08,000 Indians under the provisions of the Vande Bharat Mission.

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