The budget airline SpiceJet has written to the Bengal government to ask for the flight’s restriction to be lifted, which is currently three days a week.
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In a letter to the state government, the airlines requested approval to operate daily flights from Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, and Pune to Bengal (Calcutta, Bagdogra, Andal).
“At present, flights are permitted only three days a week (on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), and passengers have to take a via flight/connection on other days to get to West Bengal. Flight operations from the above-listed cities will benefit passengers and reduce travel time to destination,” according to the letter.
As a result, the airline will operate daily flights at a time when the government has allowed airlines to run 100 percent of their scheduled capacity beginning October 18, removing a key restriction imposed when domestic flight operations resumed in May 2020 following a two-month lockdown.
However, restrictions on fares bands remain in place, and a decision will likely be made soon regarding them as well.
In September, the domestic passenger volume in the country rose to 70.66 lakh – compared with 39.43 lakh in the same month of 2020. This was largely due to improved vaccinations, easing of travel restrictions, and a robust demand during the holiday season.
On October 17, the domestic air traffic reached its highest level of 327, 923 in a single day.
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