Thursday, December 03, 2020

Airlines can operate at 80% of pre-COVID capacity, says Centre; no night curfew in Delhi, AAP tells HC

The Centre on Thursday announced that domestic airlines will now be allowed operate up to 80 percent of their pre- Coronavirus capacity.

Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri said domestic operations, which began with 30,000 passengers on 25 May have reached 2.52 lakh as of 30 November.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court expressed its concern over the violation of COVID-19 guidelines on wearing protection masks at public places and maintaining physical distance and asked the Centre to suggest ways for its effective implementation.

India’s Coronavirus cases rose by 35,551 on Thursday morning, making it the 26th straight day when daily infections stayed below the 50,000 mark. The country now has a total of 95,34,964 cases, while as many as 89,73,373 people have recovered. The toll rose by 526 to 1,38,648.

Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 6.44 crore people and killed over 14.91 lakh, according to the Johns Hopkins University. Over four crore people have recovered from the infection.

On Thursday, the Centre increased the number of domestic flights that Indian airlines are now permitted to operate to 80 percent of pre-COVID levels.

Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri on 11 November had said that the Indian airlines can operate up to 70 percent of their pre-COVID domestic passenger flights due to the prevailing demand amid the coronavirus situation.

"Ministry of Civil Aviation is now allowing domestic carriers to increase their operations from existing 70 percent to 80 percent of pre-COVID approved capacity," he stated on Thursday.

The ministry had resumed scheduled domestic passenger services from 25 May, after a gap of two months due to the coronavirus lockdown.

However, the airlines were allowed to operate not more than 33 percent of their pre-COVID domestic flights.

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