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New Normal in Air Travel to be the Old Normal?

As far as travel goes, all sorts of predictions and estimates concerning how tourism will transform have been arrived at ever since the pandemic struck. But if Minister for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri is to be believed, the new normal in terms of air travel would reach the old normal by the end of this year or the beginning of the next.

This comes after it was reported in September that passenger had fallen to 20% and Indian carrier revenue had plummeted by seven times (from Rs 25,517 cr in April-June 2019 to Rs 3,651 cr in April-June 2020). The cap on domestic flights was also relaxed recently.

Puri, speaking at the valedictory session of Deccan Dialogue, the annual flagship event of the Indian School of Business, said that the industry was already operating at 70% capacity and aiming at 80% very soon. “We opened civil aviation on May 25, a good two months and two days after we have completely locked down—with 30,000 passengers on a day.”

Domestic Civil Aviation Operations continue on a steady growth trajectory.

âÂÂÂœˆï¸Â 2,21,983 passengers âÂÂÂœˆï¸Â 1,919 flights âÂÂÂœˆï¸Â Total flight movements 3,838âÂÂÂœˆï¸Â Footfalls at airports 4,44,789(On 16th November 2020) pic.twitter.com/5bXhnoSLDW

— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) November 17, 2020

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