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Friday, 04 September, 2020, 12 : 30 PM [IST]

IndiGo aims for 100% pre-Covid domestic flight operations by fiscal end

IndiGo is aiming to gradually expand its flight operations and reach the pre-Covid- 19 full capacity by the end of 2020-21 financial year, its President Wolfgang Prock-Schauer said on Thursday, adding that passenger and corporate bookings are bouncing back, reports Deepak Patel for Financial Express. 

Currently, the country’s largest airline in terms of market share is operating around 600 flights per day, which is around 42 per cent of its pre-Covid-19 domestic schedule of around 1,420 services. Prock-Schauer, who is also the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of IndiGo, told PTI in an interview that the airline is looking to resume flights to the neighbouring countries where it used to operate services before the coronavirus pandemic halted air travel. 

“We are waiting for the Indian government to conclude its discussions with the neighbouring countries and establish bilateral air bubble arrangements,” said the COO. IndiGo used to operate flights to neigh bouring countries like Sri Lanka and Nepal before the pandemic. Currently, IndiGo is operating special international flights to the UAE, Qatar and Maldives under the air bubble arrangements. Under a bilateral air bubble pact, airlines of both the countries can operate special international passenger flights with certain restrictions.

Scheduled international passenger flights continue to remain suspended in India since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic. IndiGo was allowed to operate 1,420 domestic passenger flights per day in its summer schedule during pre-coronavirus times, the COO said. It means the airline is currently operating around 42 per cent of its pre-Covid-19 domestic services. When domestic passenger flights resumed in India on May 2 5 after a gap of two months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Aviation Ministry allowed the airlines to operate not more than one- third of their pre-Covid domestic flights. On June 26, the limit was increased to 45%. Two days back, it was further increased to 60%.  (Source: Financial Express)

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