For summer schedule, DGCA approves 18,843 flights per week from 108 airports
On Tuesday, Aviation regulator DGCA said that for the summer schedule, that begins on the last Sunday of March and ends on the last Sunday of October, it has approved 18,843 flights per week from 108 airports.
These flights have been approved keeping in mind that only 80 % of the pre-covid flights are allowed to operate.
“It may be noted that 18,843 departures per week have been finalised to/from 108 airports. Out of these 108 airports, Bareilly, Bilaspur, Kurnool and Rupasi are the new airports proposed by the scheduled airlines,” the Directorate General of Civil Aviation said on Twitter.
It said that for the summer schedule, IndiGo’s 8,749 weekly flights and SpiceJet’s 2,854 have been approved. GoAir’s 1,747 flights, Air India’s 1,683, Vistara’s 1,288 and AirAsia India’s 1,243 have also been approved.
Due to the coronavirus lockdown, India resumed domestic passenger flight operations on May 25 last year.
At this time, airlines were permitted to operate a maximum of 33% of pre-covid flights. This was gradually increased to 80%.
On Saturday, the Aviation Minister assured domestic flight services, which are currently operating at 80%, will not be curtailed owing to a second wave of the virus.
Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, “Domestic flights were halted in March, 2020 and resumed on 25 May. We’ve been further reopening it. The only intention was to open it 100% when the summer schedule begins from 1 April.”
Puri added that the intention to resume 100% of the domestic flight operations to the pre-pandemic level will not be possible this summer.
“If we had not seen the virus raising its ugly head again, I would have opened up domestic civil aviation 100 per cent by April 1 in the summer schedule… The total revival of the sector in terms of domestic aviation, opening up, has been delayed by 15-20 days,” the minister said.