The fare bands within which the airlines have to operate have been extended up to February 24, 2021 by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. These fare bands came into force with effect from May 21, 2020.
The daily passenger traffic has reached 2.05 lakh on November 1, 2020. When the domestic aviation opened in May 2020, the airlines were enabled to fly up to 33 per cent of the normal capacity (as per summer schedule, 2020). At that time, the average daily traffic was about 30,000. This cap was enhanced to 45 per cent w.e.f. June 26, 2020. This cap was further revised to 60 per cent w.e.f. September 2, 2020. At present the airlines can operate up to 60 per cent of their capacity.
Ministry of Civil Aviation is monitoring the traffic every day and it is expected that the traffic would further pick up because of the festival season and as the passenger traffic increases, the upper cap would be revised to 70-75 per cent of normal capacity in the coming days.