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Recovery flight: Airlines gear up to deploy more capacity as traffic rises
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Recovery flight: Airlines gear up to deploy more capacity as traffic rises
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New Delhi, Dec 14 (TIWN) Rising passenger numbers have lifted the prospects of India's Covid battered airline sector, as industry players rush to augment capacity, increase hiring and scale up operations.

Asked about the readiness to deploy more capacity, Willy Boulter, Chief Commercial Officer of IndiGo, said: "We are certainly ready and preparing to deploy 80 per cent of our previous capacity in the domestic market."  "We look forward to getting back to 100 per cent in due course, early in 2021. So far demand has been robust and we believe it will continue to grow steadily. We remain very confident in the longer term future of Indian aviation."  Recently, the airline major resumed operating 1,000 daily flights.  These flights are to and from 59 domestic and six international destinations. They include scheduled commercial operations and air bubble flights.  Similarly, a senior Vistara official said: "We are already at close to 70 per cent and working towards the 80 per cent mark, subject to slot approvals from various airports."  In October, all major airlines reported a higher PLF level than 60 per cent with SpiceJet and IndiGo at 74 per cent and 68 per cent, respectively.

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