As this week was about to end, the government announced significant news on September 18 for the domestic aviation industry. The government has permitted domestic airlines to deploy 85 percent of their approved flights capacity with immediate effect as the air traffic continues to rise steadily. This limit was so far capped at 72.5 percent.
In addition, the government has also permitted fare bands to be rolled over for a period of 15 days. Hence, at any given time, fare bands will be valid for a period of 15 days only. For instance, if the current date is September 20, then fares will be restricted at a minimum and maximum level until October 4 but fare bands won’t be applicable from October 5 onwards.
For context, the government has capped fares and domestic fights deployment by airlines since May 2020 due to the demand uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.