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Rider off aircraft capacity

The restriction imposed on flying planes with full capacity during high temperature conditions was lifted from Patna airport on Friday.

No-frills airlines IndiGo and GoAir, which recently faced the ire of DGCA over violation of load restriction norms, can continue services with full load of 180 passengers instead of the restricted number of 153.

Sources at Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport said after a gap of five days, IndiGo started bookings for all 180 seats from Friday.

“We have been informed from our headquarters that the load-penalty norms have been lifted and we can fly with full capacity. Hence, we have started making bookings for all the seats in all our flights from Friday. All aircraft are flying with full capacity,” said an IndiGo executive at Patna airport.

Under the load-penalty norm, operators had to reduce the weight of planes by leaving some seats vacant or offloading cargo items so that the necessary engine thrust was available for smooth take-off when temperatures were usually 40 degrees Celsius or above.

The two low-cost airlines had started cancelling tickets of around 25-28 passengers in each aircraft from Sunday after the DGCA on June 13 served them a showcause notice to reduce the passenger load in aircraft operating from Patna and Jammu airports by 20 per cent with immediate effect because of the load-penalty factor.

GoAir sources also confirmed that operation of aircraft from Patna airport started with full load from Friday.