IndiGo Reaches 70% Of Pre-Covid Capacity, Operating 1,000 Flights Daily
An aircraft operated by IndiGo, a unit of InterGlobe Aviation Ltd., prepares to land at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, India. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

IndiGo Reaches 70% Of Pre-Covid Capacity, Operating 1,000 Flights Daily

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IndiGo airlines on Wednesday said it has reached 70% of its pre-Covid capacity and is operating 1,000 daily international and domestic flights.

India resumed domestic passenger flights on May 25 after a gap of two months due to the coronavirus-triggered lockdown.

At the time of resumption, the government had allowed airlines to operate not more than 33% of their pre-Covid domestic flights. In the subsequent months, this limit was gradually increased and it currently stands at 70%.

Ronojoy Dutta, Chief Executive Officer, IndiGo-operator InterGlobe Aviation Ltd. said, "We are currently operating at around 70% of our pre-Covid capacity and we hope that the growth will continue into 2021."

"From zero domestic and international operations to now operating 1,000 scheduled commercial flights daily, we have indeed come a long way since we resumed operations post the lockdown," he said in a statement.

Earlier in June, Dutta had told PTI in an interview that IndiGo was aiming to operate 70% of its pre-Covid flights by the end of this year.

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Currently, the budget carrier is operating 100-130 scheduled flights from three key metro cities -- Delhi, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.

IndiGo, India's largest airline, operated around 1,500 daily flights before the pandemic hit.

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