Mumbai airport has plans to increase its domestic flight movement by 50 per cent from next week onwards. This move is in line with the announcement made by the Maharashtra state government that has allowed an increase in domestic flights to and from the state by 50 per cent.

Currently, around 100 daily domestic arrivals and as many departures are allowed from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA). This number, however, is reported to has gone up to 150 daily domestic arrivals and as many departures from this month, thereby taking the number of 200 domestic arrivals-cum-departures to 300.

Reportedly, airlines have been allowed to add flights whenever there is a need or they can. As per the reports, the further increase in the number of flights should get started from early next week. Likewise, Chennai currently allows 50 daily domestic departures and as many arrivals, and is also planning to double these numbers.

Mumbai airport to increase domestic flights by 50 per cent

Recently, the Mumbai airport also launched COVID-19 testing facility for all arriving passengers. This allowed international passengers to opt out of institutional quarantine, depending upon their test results.

The latest facility to provide 24×7 Coronavirus testing at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) was launched after the GMR group-owned Delhi airport set up a similar facility on its premises.

However, air travel in the country is slowly turning towards normalcy now, after dealing with all the crises and restrictions due to COVID-19. Reportedly, on October 2, India recorded 176601 domestic passengers, which is the highest daily number of passengers since air travel started operations back.

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