Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) on Monday said airlines can operate a maximum of 65 percent of their pre-Covid domestic flights instead of the 50 percent allowed till now.

Domestic carriers are operating only 50 percent of their pre-Covid domestic flights from June 1 as per the May 28 order of the ministry.

With increasing demand for domestic flights, the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India on Monday allowed domestic airlines to operate with 15% more capacity. Now domestic airlines can operate at 65% capacity of pre-covid level versus 50% earlier till July 31 or till further orders.

The decision to bring down the cap from 80 to 50 percent on May 28 was taken in view of the "sudden rise in the number of active coronavirus cases across the country, reduction in passenger traffic and passenger load factors", the ministry said.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Airports Authority of India had imposed a cap on the capacity utilization of domestic airlines to promote the financially weak airlines after the covid-19 pandemic brought air travel to a halt.

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