Thursday, October 26, 2017

Domestic air-passenger traffic up 16.4% in September

New Delhi: Domestic airlines flew 95.83 lakh passengers in September registering an increase of 16.4 per cent over 82.30 lakh passengers flown during the same period of the previous year.

IndiGo flew the highest number of passengers at 36.65 lakh followed by Jet Airways with 14.77 lakh passengers and SpiceJet with 13.20 lakh passengers, the latest data released by the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation showed.

The state-owned Air India was at the fourth spot with 12.93 lakh passengers during the month while GoAir flew 8.09 lakh passengers, Air Asia flew 3.94 lakh passengers and Vistara flew 3.62 lakh passengers.

SpiceJet, however recorded the highest Passenger Load Factor of 94.2 per cent followed by GoAir (88.5 per cent) and IndiGo (85.2 per cent).

Passenger load factor shows how many of the total seats on offer by each airline are getting filled.

The industry paid ₹2.62 crore as compensation to over 1.22 lakh passengers affected by cancellations and delays in flights among others. This includes paying over ₹1.13 crore as compensation to over 100,000 passengers who were affected by flight delays.

IndiGo reported the best on-time performance among all the airlines at 89.8 per cent at the four metro airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. Vistara took the second spot reporting an OTP of 86.8 per cent followed by SpiceJet (86.4 per cent) and Air India (Domestic) at 78.4 per cent.
Commenting on the data, Sharat Dhall, Chief Operating Officer, (B2C),, said the passenger growth in September showed a “continuing positive momentum in the domestic air market even in a traditionally lean travel period.”

He pointed out that the year-on-year growth of 16.91 per cent in September puts India amongst the fastest growing air passenger markets in the world.
26/10/17 Business Line