Domestic carriers can now operate flights at 85 per cent of pre-Covid levels, up from 72.5 per cent at present, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said in a circular issued on September 18.
The flight capacity, which was curtailed following the onset of coronavirus pandemic, was increased to 80 per cent in December last year. However, it was reduced again, and brought down to 50 percent on June 1, due to the second wave of COVID-19.
On July 5, the capacity was increased to 65 percent, and was further raised to 72.5 percent on August 12. The fresh circular marks the third consecutive upward revision.
The government has been reviewing the cap on domestic flight operations after taking the demand into consideration.
The aviation ministry has also revised the timeline for fare bands on airline ticket prices, with the bands to now be rolled over in 15 days instead of 30 days at present.