Carriers were operating only 50 percent of their pre-Covid aircraft from June 1 according to the May 28 service order. Prior to June 1, the cap was 80 percent.
The Department of Public Aviation has allowed local air carriers to use 65 percent of its pre-shutter system. The price range has increased from 50 percent where the aircraft operated from June 1 to May 28, after a spate of cases during the second wave of COVID-19. Prior to June 1, flights in India were 80 percent operational.
India banned all domestic and foreign airlines from operating last March as the first cases of COVID-19 reached the Indian coast. While international flights were still banned, domestic operations were allowed last May on an average basis.
Starting with 33 per cent, airlines reached 80 per cent in December last year, and operating in the same cap since then, will be re-introduced at 50 per cent and now, re-enlarged to 65 per cent pre-covid summer schedule. The May 28 decision to reduce cap caps from 80 percent to 50 percent was “due to the sudden increase in the number of active COVID-19 cases nationwide, the reduction in passenger and the passenger load (number of seats),” the department said.
issued a new order on Monday, in which it overturned a May 28 decree stating that “50 percent of power can be read as 65 percent”.
Monday’s order also stated that the 65 percent fund will be operational until “July 31, 2021 or until further orders, whichever is earlier”.