Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Aiming to operate 70% of pre-Covid flights by end of 2020: IndiGo CEO

New Delhi: IndiGo aims to operate 70 per cent of its pre-COVID flights by the end of this year, its CEO Ronojoy Dutta on Monday said, adding that resuming international passenger services in July would be a "good idea".

The Centre should allow the airlines to operate 50 per cent of their pre-COVID domestic flights now, Dutta told PTI in an interview, while expressing hope that the limits imposed on airfares would be removed in August as promised by the government.

India's largest airline IndiGo operated around 1,500 daily flights in the pre-COVID era. Around 20-25 per cent of these flights were on international routes while the remaining operated domestically.

The Centre resumed domestic passenger flights from May 25 after a gap of two months amid the coronavirus pandemic. However, it allowed airlines to operate only 33 per cent of their pre-COVID flights and imposed lower limits and upper limits on airfares as per the flight durations.

Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri had on May 21 said that the limit on air fares will be in place till August 24.

Dutta said, "We are at 30 per cent (of pre-COVID traffic) now. We would like the government to take it to 50 per cent. We will pause and see what happens. Because the traffic has to be profitable otherwise it is not worth it. And at that point, we would like to take it to 70 per cent by the end of the calendar year."
15/06/20 PTI/Times of India

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