Saturday, May 30, 2020

‘One-third cap on domestic flights goes from June 1’

New Delhi: The cap on domestic flights taking to the skies again from May 25 at one-third of the original summer schedule will go from June 1 as the Centre enters the unlock phase. Senior aviation officials say that it is now upto airlines depending on demand and supply to increase flights while factoring in the conditions or restrictions imposed by different states. Some airports like Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Kolkata have strict upper limit on daily schedule domestic flight movement set by their respective states.

The original summer schedule approved by the DGCA was for 24,643 weekly domestic flights by 10 airlines including copper operator Pawan Hans. The one-this schedule approved for restarting operations in the lat week of May was for 8,214 weekly (over 1,170 daily) flights. According to aviation minister H S Puri, May 29 saw 1,025 flights with about 40,000 flyers.
30/05/20 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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