India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has increased the number of weekly domestic flights to 56 per cent of pre-Covid-19 levels.

The winter schedule for domestic aviation, which began on October 25 and will run until March 21 next year, permits a total of 12,983 flights from 95 Indian airports.

When air travel was resumed in India on May 25 after a two-month hiatus, airlines were permitted to operate at 33 per cent of their pre-Covid-19 capacities (in the domestic sector).

On the international front, the DGCA has been allowing repatriation flights of Indian citizens and foreign nationals in both directions. A few special (bubble) international flights sanctioned by the Ministry of Home Affairs have also been allowed.

For now, commercial international flights have been suspended until the end of this month.

The Ministry of Home Affairs recently permitted foreign nationals to visit India for any purpose, except tourism. This is expected to increase the demand of international flights to the country.