There is good news for airline companies and those traveling by plane domestically. The government has allowed airline companies to book tickets for all seats from October 18. It has decided to remove the capacity cap on flights in view of the decline in Kovid infection. This is likely to reduce airfares.
85% seats can be booked
The Ministry of Civil Aviation, while giving concession to airline companies, has asked them and passengers to follow the rules related to Kovid. In September, it allowed airlines to book for 85% of seats on domestic flights instead of 72.5%. Earlier in July, tickets were allowed to be sold for 65% seats instead of 50%.
Special international flights allowed from ‘Vande Bharat’ mission
To prevent Kovid-19, the government had completely banned foreign flights on 23 March 2020. But it has allowed special international flights under the ‘Vande Bharat’ mission since May last year. Apart from this, under the ‘Bilateral Air Bubble’ arrangement with some countries, foreign flight service is running between the two countries since July 2020.
Capacity cap to be increased from October 18
According to the order of the Ministry of Aviation, the situation of domestic flight services has been reviewed in view of the high demand for air travel among the people. It has been decided to allow complete resumption of domestic flight services without capacity cap from October 18, 2021.