Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Domestic air traffic up 17% in November; IndiGo slips to No2 in OTP

Domestic air travel demand surged nearly 17 percent in November to 10.48 million passengers over the year-ago period on the back of festive season demand and addition of new flights and routes, the DGCA data shows.

Domestic carriers flew a total of 10.48 million passengers in November, compared to 8.96 million in November 2016, thereby registering a growth of 16.99 percent, according to the DGCA monthly traffic data released today.

The passenger load factor, which is a measure of how full the plane flies, has shown an increasing trend in November compared to previous month primarily due to the ongoing tourist season, the DGCA said.

November is also the month when airlines' winter schedule comes into full effect, during which carriers announce new flights and routes besides adding frequencies.

Besides, SpiceJet also clocked a seat factor of over 90 percent for the 32nd consecutive month at 95.5 percent in November.

"Our on-time performance at 81.9 percent was the best of all airlines in India. SpiceJet also recorded the highest load factor for the 32nd month in a row. The load factor at 95.5 percent is also the highest in SpiceJet's history. This has set a new threshold in global aviation and we are proud of that," SpiceJet chairman and MD Ajay Singh said in a statement.
19/12/17 moneycontrol.com