Almost touching Pre-Covid numbers: Puri

New Delhi: Union MoS Housing & Urban Affairs, Civil Aviation (Independent Charge) and Commerce & Industry Hardeep Singh Puri addresses at the release of the ‘Affordable Rental Housing Complexes Knowledge Pack’ and launch of Housing For All Web-portals of NAREDCO and CREDAI, via video conferencing, in New Delhi on July 31, 2020. (Photo: IANS/PIB)

New Delhi, Feb 13 (IANS) Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday said that the country’s air passenger traffic is almost touching pre-Covid numbers.

In a tweet, the minister said: “2,97,102 passengers on 2,349 flights on 12 Feb, 2021 is the highest since resumption of domestic flights on 25 May.”

“With air travel emerging as a preferred mode of travel due to safety, efficiency & time saving, we are almost touching pre-Covid numbers.”

Since the resumption of operations on May 25, domestic air traffic continued to sequentially improve in December 2020.

The domestic passenger traffic rose 15 per cent MoM in December 2020, although was down 43 per cent YoY.

In the domestic operations, passenger load factor stood at 65-78 per cent during December 2020.

At present, airlines can operate up to 80 per cent of their pre-Covid capacity.

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