Airlines may soon be permitted to operate maximum 75 per cent of their pre-COVID scheduled domestic flights if the passenger numbers continue to remain healthy in the coming 7-10 days, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Thursday.
“Our internal thinking is that we will watch it for another week or 10 days…If the figures (of passengers travelling) continue to be healthy, we would open domestic civil aviation to 75 per cent of the pre-COVID levels,” Puri was quoted as saying by news agency PTI. The government on September 2 had said Indian airlines can operate up to 60 per cent of their pre-Covid services within the country.
As many as 971 people succumbed to Covid-19 in India in a span of 24 hours, taking the overall tally to 105,526, according to latest data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. With over 78,000 cases during the same period, the total caseload stood at 6.83 million on Thursday.
Taking into account the surge in cases, the Centre will launch a nationwide campaign to ensure that people continue to adhere to Covid-19 norms during the forthcoming festive season. The ‘Jan Andolan for COVID-19 Appropriate Behaviour’ will be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi through a tweet.
Sources said meetings regarding the campaign were conducted over the last week and involved the Home Ministry, the Cabinet Secretary and the state Chief Secretaries. The government has reached out to social media influencers such as celebrities, sportspersons and doctors to spread the word.
Globally, over 36 million cases have been reported with as many as one million fatalities. Over 25 million people have recovered so far.