New Delhi: The Ministry of Civil Aviation on Tuesday allowed all scheduled domestic flights to operate with full capacity from October 18. In order to follow Covid protocols, the number of passengers was capped by the aviation ministry, but as corona cases continue to reduce, restrictions have now been eased by the government.
Meanwhile, in the past few days, India’s domestic air passenger traffic grew marginally 2-3 per cent at around 69 lakh in September as compared to around 67 lakh in August, credit ratings agency Icra said in a release on Wednesday.
The local carrier operated higher capacity at 54 per cent in September 2021 over the same month last year.
Compared y-o-y, air passenger traffic growth stood at around 74 per cent in the month under review over September 2020, it said.
Airlines witnessed around 61,100 departures in September as compared to 39,628 departures in the same month of 2020, it said, adding that on a sequential basis, the number of departures in the month gone by were higher by around 6 per cent, as Covid-19 infections demonstrated a downward trajectory.
“For September 2021, average daily departures were at around 2,100, significantly higher than the average daily departures of around 1,321 in September 2020, and higher than around 1,900 in August 2021, though they remained lower than around 2,200 in January 2021,” said Suprio Banerjee, Vice President and Sector Head, Icra.
The average number of passengers per flight during September was 113, against an average of 117 passengers per flight in August.