Wednesday, November 22, 2017

India’s big, bold aviation rush

Kolkata: Keeping up with the record of being the fastest growing aviation market, India witnessed a massive surge in domestic air traffic during the festive month of October. Reportedly, it was the highest-ever number of domestic flyers noted in the country.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) reported that the air travel volume reached the 10 million mark in October, clipping at a healthy 20.52 pc 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 at 8.67 million in October 2016, according to the data released by the regulator DGCA. IndiGo Airlines continued to lead the aviation market in October flying 4.13 million (41.3 lakh) passengers, substantially higher than 3.66 million (36.65 lakh) passengers in September.
The market share of the airline during the month increased to 39.5 pc from 38.2 pc in the previous month. On the other hand, passengers carried by the national carrier, Air India increased to 1.36 million (13.6 lakh) from 1.29 million (12.9 lakh).
SpiceJet, the country’s second-largest low-cost carrier, reported a 13.1 pc market share, which is lower than 13.8 pc during the month before. However, it showed an increase in terms of passengers carried from 1.32 million (13.20 lakh) to 1.36 million (13.64 lakh).
Popular carrier, Jet Airways also reported an increase in the number of passengers while full-service carrier Vistara’s passenger count remained flat at 0.37 million (3.7 lakh).
22/11/17 Shalini Dasgupta/Media India Group