Amid improvement of Covid situation in the country and easing of restrictions, airlines have been allowed to function at a maximum 85% of their pre-Covid domestic flights as against the current sanction to run at 72.5% capacity, said the Ministry of Civil Aviation on Saturday. As per the ministry's order, the airlines were allowed to function at 72.5% of their pre-Covid domestic flights since August 12.
Between July 5 and August 12, the limit was at 65%. And before that even lower. The ministry has now in its recent order issued modified the August 12 order and states that "72.5 per cent capacity may be read as 85 per cent capacity". Saturday's order also noted that the 72.5 per cent cap will remain in place "until further order".
After the airlines resumed operation in May last year after a gap of 2 months they were allowed to operate at a capacity of not over 33 percent of their pre-Covid capacities. Later the cap until June 1 was at 80%.