Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday informed that the number of domestic passengers on 12, February rose to 2,97,102 on 2,349 flights. This is the highest since the resumption of domestic flights on May 25, 2020, he said.
Aviation Minister also stated that the numbers are almost touching Pre-COVID levels with air travel emerging as a chosen mode of travel due to safety, reliability and time-saving.
Following the Covid-19 pandemic, domestic flight operations were suspended with effect from 24 March 2020 at midnight (11:59 pm). On 25th May 2020, the service resumed after two months.
Flight fares in India are also likely to increase as the Ministry of Civil Aviation increased the lower-upper cap for local flights on Thursday until March 31. On domestic airfares, the Ministry raised the lower and upper limits by 10 to 30%.
The government ordered airlines to fly no more than 33% of their domestic pre-Covid routes, in addition to the airfare cap. As of now, 80% of domestic flights have been cleared by March 2021.
"The upper price band on 180-210 minute flights which is now capped at Rs 18,600, will be increased by about 30 per cent to Rs 24,200, an increase of Rs 5,600. On the shortest route for the minimum price band, the price will be increased by 10 per cent, an increase of Rs 200," the Ministry said.
We need to see if the figures remain optimistic once the latest prices are applied.