Aviation sector experts peg hopes on festive season

Airlines expect passenger traffic to go up to 60%-65% during the festive season of Dussehra and Diwali in October-November, the Chief Marketing Officer for SpiceJet said at the HT Tourism Conclave, while stressing that the airline and tourism industries remain the worst affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The capacity on domestic flight remains at around 45% of pre-Covid levels at the moment, Debojo Maharishi said. “As far as business is concerned, the first two to three months there was a lot of apprehension about travel, but we see that getting better with each day. We are using more flights and we are at almost 45% of our pre-Covid level. By the festive season we expect it to be close to 60-65%. In terms of goods we are doing close to 75%, I expect it to reach 80-85% very soon,” he said.

The Centre has allowed about 60% capacity utilisation on domestic routes after the resumption of flights on May 25 with strict safety norms following the two-month blanket suspension since the first lockdown was announced.

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