The demand for air travel has picked up since the civil aviation ministry last week allowed airlines to operate up to 85% of their pre-Covid capacity domestically, according to airlines and industry experts. Airlines expect the air traffic to be back to pre-Covid levels by the end of this year as the fare cap has been being removed and travellers are starting to fly more.
“We expect domestic air travel to reach pre-pandemic level by December 2021,” said a spokesperson for IndiGo, India’s largest airline by market share.
Experts said with Canada and the US easing their travel restrictions for Indians, the international market is gradually opening up and that too will increase the passenger numbers. “We urge the government to allow more bubble flights with fewer travel restrictions to more and more countries.
As an industry, our objective should be to be at full scheduled service by summer for all international destinations. It will require a lot of heavy lifting by the government to get us there,” the IndiGo spokesperson said.