Friday, November 17, 2017

Domestic air passenger traffic breaches 10 million mark in Oct

Mumbai: For the first time, air travel volume breached the 10-million mark in October clipping at a healthy 20.52 per cent over the same period a year ago.

For the reporting month, the carriers flew as much as 10.45 million passengers. The combined passenger traffic of all airlines was 8.67 million in October 2016, according to the data released by the regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) today.

During the month, all major airlines barring the disinvestment-bound national carrier Air India logged a healthy passenger load factor (PLF) at above 80 per cent, owing to the onset of festive season, as per the DGCA passenger data for October. The PLF is a measure of how full the plane flies.

Budget carrier IndiGo flew the most number of passengers at 41.33 lakh, while the second largest player Jet Airways was at a distant second with 15.88 lakh passengers.

However, Air India unseated budget carrier SpiceJet for the third spot with 13.66 lakh passengers against 13.64 lakh flown by the Ajay Singh-promoted private airline.
17/11/17 PTI/Business Line