Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Indian aviation gets a glimpse of what withdrawal of airline fare caps can do

The aviation industry woke up to record numbers on Monday. As the website of the Ministry of Civil Aviation started flashing the passenger numbers and flight count for the first day of August, there was disbelief, relief and hope in equal measure.

After 110 days, the domestic passenger traffic had crossed the 2 lakh mark. The flight count, too, had crossed the 2,000 mark. At 2,065 flights across airlines, the departure count stood at 65 percent of pre-COVID levels and with 269,713 passengers—air traffic was at 62 percent of pre-COVID levels with the highest per flight occupancy since restart of services. 

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