Saturday, July 22, 2017

50% spurt in Indian flyers in two years, railways numbers down

Chennai: Airlines in India have registered a 50 per cent increase in the number of passengers carried over the past two years. Compared to 7 crore passengers in 2014-15, the 15 airlines in India carried 10.37 crore passengers in 2016-17, data released by Lok Sabha on Wednesday stated.
Low-cost airlines like Indigo, Air Asia and Go Air have been the carriers of this growth registering an increase of 75, 382 and 32 per cent during the period. In absolute terms, Indigo carried 1.79 crore passengers more in 16-17. The carrier accounts for 40 per cent of all passengers carried in FY17.
The increase comes at a time when Indian Railways has lost 17 crore passengers from FY14 to FY17.
Statistics also show that Indian Railways had 14.2 crore passengers in all air-conditioned classes like AC sleeper, 3-tier, executive class and AC chair car in 2016-17.
22/07/17 Times of India

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