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Civil Aviation Minister Puri's 'optimistic reading': Indian aviation to get back to 2019 levels by year-end, Air India divestment is on

Hardeep Singh Puri added that domestic flights will scale up 55 percent of their original schedule by mid-July. They are operating at less than 30 percent, right now

June 21, 2020 / 06:06 AM IST
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In what he admitted is the most "optimistic reading" of the aviation industry for any country, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said he expects India's domestic sector to reach pre-COVID-19 levels anytime between Diwali and the end of this year.

"We will get to 55 percent of the original summer schedule by mid-July....and then you have four-and-a-half months to Diwali," said the minister, before adding that the sector will reach its 2019-level by the end of this year.

Diwali, this year, falls on November 14.

At present, domestic operations - which resumed on May 25 -  are running on one-third of the summer schedule. The Minister reiterated that by the time the domestic flights scale up to 55 percent, international flights will be reopened in some form or the other.