Sunday, December 06, 2020

Recovery flight: Airlines gear up to deploy more capacity as traffic rises

New Delhi: Rising passenger numbers have lifted the prospects of India's Covid battered airline sector, as industry players rush to augment capacity, increase hiring and scale up operations.

In terms of numbers, the domestic passenger traffic has gradually risen from 30,000 on May 25 to 2.52 lakh on November 30.

The Centre has allowed airlines to deploy up to 80 percent of their pre-Covid flight capacity.

Besides, the capacity augmentation has also lifted the stock prices of listed airlines.

The sector was heavily dented by the Covid-19 outbreak and the subsequent lockdown as passenger air services were suspended from March 25 till May 25.

Asked about the readiness to deploy more capacity, Willy Boulter, Chief Commercial Officer of IndiGo, said: "We are certainly ready and preparing to deploy 80 percent of our previous capacity in the domestic market."

"We look forward to getting back to 100 percent in due course, early in 2021. So far demand has been robust and we believe it will continue to grow steadily. We remain very confident in the longer-term future of Indian aviation."

Recently, the airline major resumed operating 1,000 daily flights.

These flights are to and from 59 domestic and six international destinations. They include scheduled commercial operations and air bubble flights.

06/12/20 Rohit Vaid/IANS/Daijiworld

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