Saturday, April 07, 2018

Domestic air traffic increased by 24 percent in February

For the first time in India, the average passenger load dynamic for domestic airlines was recorded more than 90 percent in the month of February, as reported in the data released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Passenger load factor measures the number of seats occupied by paying passengers in a flight.

IATA’s data also recorded that the domestic air traffic in India increased by 22.9% in the month of February 2018. This also marked 42nd successive month of double digit hike in the number of people choosing to fly.

A statement released by IATA mentioned that the “passenger demand is continuing to be stimulated by network growth, which translates into time savings for passengers and has a similar stimulatory impact as cuts in airfares.”

Indian airlines carried 107.44 lakh passengers in February 2018, as recorded by country’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). This was 24.14% more than 86.55 lakh in the same month in 2017. In February only, airlines such as Vistara, IndiGo, Jet Airways, GoAir, and SpiceJet clocked passenger load factors of more than 90 percent.
06/04/18 Priya Srivastava/Happy Trips/Times of India