Tuesday, June 20, 2017

1 crore passengers flying in a month: New high in home traffic

New Delhi: Indians are travelling like never before this summer holiday season. May 2017 has, for the first time, seen one crore passengers flying within the country in a month. Summer holidays begin around mid-May, which is when the surge began.
According to DGCA data, May 2017, the month registered a 17.4% increase in domestic flyers over 2016, which recorded 86.7 lakh domestic flyers. The surge has come despite the increase in airfares since early this year on account of rising crude oil prices.
Low-cost carriers rule the skies, with IndiGo, SpiceJet, GoAir and others accounting for almost two-thirds of all domestic flyers. IndiGo alone has 41.2% of the market share for domestic air travel, followed by Jet (17.6%) at a very distant second.
"The bookings for June are also very robust. The lean season will begin from next month, but will be fortunately short this year as the festive season is starting in September," said an airline official. The January to May 2017 period has seen 4.6 crore domestic flyers, up 17.6% from last year.
20/06/17 Times of India