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Airlines may soon be allowed to run 75% of pre-Covid domestic flights: Puri

Airlines may be permitted to operate maximum 75% of their pre-Covid scheduled domestic flights if the passenger numbers continue to remain healthy during the next 7-10 days, Hardeep Singh Puri said

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Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Hardeep Singh Puri
Hardeep Singh Puri

may be permitted to operate maximum 75 per cent of their pre-COVID scheduled if the passenger numbers continue to remain healthy during the next 7-10 days, Civil Aviation Minister said on Thursday.

The government on September 2 had said Indian can operate up to 60 per cent of their pre-COVID services within the country.

On June 26, the Ministry of Civil Aviation had allowed the to operate a maximum of 45 per cent of their pre-COVID .

The ministry had restarted domestic passenger services from May 25, after a gap of two months due to the coronavirus-triggered lockdown. However, the airlines were allowed to operate not more than 33 per cent of their pre-COVID at that time.

"Our internal thinking is that we will watch it for another week or 10 days....If the figures (of passengers travelling) continue to be healthy, we would open domestic civil aviation to 75 per cent of the pre-COVID levels," Puri said at a press conference on Thursday.

Scheduled international passenger flights continue to remain suspended in the country since March 23 due to the pandemic.

However, special international flights have been operating under the Vande Bharat Mission since May and under bilateral air bubble pacts signed with various countries since July.

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First Published: Thu, October 08 2020. 17:11 IST