Wednesday, March 13, 2019

At 138.9 million, number of domestic flyers grows 18.6% in 2018: DGCA

The number of flyers on domestic routes increased to 138.9 million in 2018 from 117.1 million in 2017, a growth of 18.6 per cent, according to data released by the (DGCA) on Tuesday. 

The figure for December was 12.6 million as compared to 11.2 million in December 2017, a growth of 12.91 per cent.

IndiGo's market share increased from 39.6 per cent in 2017 to 41.5 per cent in 2018. The budget carrier flew 57.6 million passengers domestically in 2018 as compared to 46.3 million in 2017.

Due to intense competition, the domestic market share of Air India, and SpiceJet fell marginally in 2018 even though their passenger count increased by 2.031 million, 1.143 million and 1.672 million, respectively.

"Despite the marginal increase in airfares and localised and seasonal issues like bank strikes and cancellations due to fog, the domestic passenger market has registered a strong YoY (year-on-year) growth of 18.6 per cent," said Aloke Bajpai, CEO and Co-founder of travel website Ixigo.

"We are happy to finish 2018 on a high note by registering the highest passenger load factor of 92.7 per cent in December — a feat we accomplished every single month of the previous year," said Shilpa Bhatia, Chief Sales and Revenue Officer, SpiceJet.
13/03/19 Milbank

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