Monday, May 22, 2017

Tourist season clocks rise in domestic fliers

New Delhi: With the tourist season beginning, the number of domestic fliers rose by 15.15% in April, compared with the same month, last year.

A report from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said that airlines carried 91.34 lakh passengers last month, compared with 79.32 lakh in the same period of 2016. In March this year, 90.45 lakh people flew with domestic carriers.

For the first four months of 2017, airlines flew 364.13 lakh passengers, against 309.35 lakh, clocking a growth of 17.71%.

According to the DGCA, the passenger load factor in April has shown an increasing trend, compared with the previous month, attributed primarily to the onset of the tourist season.

Except for GoAir and Trujet, all airlines witnessed a rise in seat occupancy.

SpiceJet continued to be the leader in this group with 93.4%, up from March’s 91.4%. AirAsia India continued to be in second for another month, at 90.1%.

IndiGo had a rise in seat occupancy from 81.6% to 86.9%, while flag carrier Air India saw an increase from 74.6% to 78.7%.
22/05/17 Deccan Herald

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