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Are there Business rules for Commercial aircrafts takeoffs are only possible if minimum number of passengers are required to be in the aeroplane for both International and domestic flights?.


ANSWER: There are no requirements for the number of passengers on board for any flight - business, commercial, private, international, etc. It is not uncommon for a fully loaded plane to fly to it's destination and then return with few or no passengers when it returns to its base of operations.

Or the plane may takeoff empty and only when it returns have passengers.

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On a personal opinion from your end, Do you feel minimum passengers count criteria should be made mandatory?.

Will this be not a loss for the commercial airline which carries few or no passengers ?.


I do not think it would work to have some type of passenger mandate. For example, an airline may need to move an airplane from one area to another and they frequently will allow a couple passengers to fly even though the airplane is almost completely empty.

Another reason for an airplane to possibly fly with just a few passengers is when the aircraft is do for maintenance and they need to move the airplane. It makes sense to put a few passengers on it to help pay for fuel.

A company may not have many passengers when they first start a new route. It can sometimes take a few weeks or months before people start using the new flight. In some parts of the world, airlines are rewarded by the govt to keep flying with low passenger counts so that communities continue to have access for employment, mail, and hospital care.

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