The Ministry of Civil Aviation reduced the normal seating capacity in domestic flights from 80% to 50% starting from June 1, 2021 as after seeing the surge in Covid-19 infections.

Meanwhile, the fare of domestic flight tickets may get expensive as the aviation ministry has also raised the lower limit on fares by 13% to 16% due to low availability of travellers.

Ministry of Civil Aviation in an order said, "This decision has been taken because of the sudden surge in the number of active Covid-19 cases across the country, decrease in passenger traffic and passenger load factor (occupancy rate)"

India imposed lower and upper limits on airfares based on flight duration when services were resumed on May 25 last year after a two-month lockdown.

As per the latest order, the lower limit for flights under 40 minutes of duration will be increased from ₹2,300 to ₹2,600.

Similarly, flights with a duration between 40 minutes and 60 minutes will have a lower limit of ₹3,300 instead of ₹2,900 now, the order said.

Moreover, the regular international flights to and from India shall remain suspended until June 30 as per the notification issued by the country's civil aviation, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), on Friday. However, the restriction shall not be applicable for international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA.

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