Domestic Flights Latest News: Giving a piece of good news to domestic airlines, the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation on Wednesday said that the Indian air carriers can operate maximum 60 per cent of their pre-COVID domestic passenger flights till February 24 next year due to the prevailing coronavirus situation. Also Read - Domestic Flights: SpiceJet Plans to Launch 20 New Flights in Phased Manner From Dec 5 | Details Here

The Centre in the order said it had informed the airlines about the 60 per cent limit through an official order on September 2 but it had not told them the period for which the cap would remain in place. Also Read - Domestic Airlines Can Now Fly With 70% Passenger Capacity: Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri

On October 29, the ministry issued a new order clarifying that the September 2 order “shall remain in force until 2359 hrs on February 24, 2021 or until further orders” due to the “prevailing situation of COVID-19”. Also Read - International Flights News: Why Has India Banned Flights? 19 Countries We Are Still Allowed to Go

On June 26, the ministry had allowed the airlines to operate a maximum of 45 per cent of their pre-COVID domestic flights.

Halted due to lockdown and coronavirus, the domestic passenger services resumed on from May 25, after a gap of two months. However, the airlines were allowed to operate not more than 33 per cent of their pre-COVID domestic flights.

Modifying its previous order of June 26 where it had put the 45 per cent limit on the number of domestic flights, the ministry issued an order on September 2 stating that, “45 per cent capacity may be read as 60 per cent capacity.”

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.

(With inputs from PTI)