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Govt allows domestic airlines to operate flights at 85% capacity of pre-Covid occupancy

New Delhi: The Union Civil Aviation Ministry on Saturday said airlines can operate a maximum of 85 per cent of their pre-Covid domestic flights instead of the 72.5 per cent permitted till now.

Airlines, as per an earlier order of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, have been operating 72.5 per cent of their pre-Covid domestic flights since August 12.

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Modifying the order issued earlier on August 12, the civil aviation ministry issued a new order stating that “72.5 per cent capacity may be read as 85 per cent capacity”, reported PTI.

The order said the 72.5 per cent limit would remain in place “till further orders”. Between July 5 and August 12, the cap was 65 per cent, while between June 1 and July 5, the cap was 50 per cent.

The civil aviation ministry did not allow airlines to operate more than 33 per cent of their pre-Covid domestic services when the central government on May 25 last year resumed scheduled domestic flights after a two-month break. .

This limit was gradually increased to 80 per cent till December last year, which remained till June 1.

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The Civil Aviation Ministry had said that on May 28, it was decided to bring down the cap from 80 to 50 per cent from June 1 in view of the sudden increase in the number of active COVID-19 cases across the country, reduction in passenger traffic. and the passenger load (occupancy rate) factor.

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