Airlines can now operate at full capacity, flight restrictions lifted

By ET News

The aviation ministry, in a big move that will bring normalcy in flight operations, today lifted all restrictions on the number of flights airlines can operate.

“After review of the current status of scheduled domestic operations vis-a-vis passenger demand for air travel in terms of purpose specified in the initial order no… It has been decided to restore the scheduled domestic air operations with effect from 18.10.2021 without any capacity restrictions,” the government said in an order today.

The government has decided to lift any capacity restriction, which was put in May 2020, after a surge in demand for travel, as people started to travel during the festive months.

The aviation ministry, under the new minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, removed the restrictions within three month of his tenure. The restrictions were at 65% of pre-Covid flights, when Scindia took over and that was increased to 72.5% then to 85% and now at 100%.

ET had reported in August that Scindia is open to lifting all restrictions on flight ban.

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