Monday, January 20, 2020

Air passenger traffic growth crawls at 3.74% in 2019

According to air passenger traic data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA),
the domestic air traic registered an annual growth of 3.74% in 2019 as against the 18.60% growth
registered in 2018.
The domestic airlines ferried a record 14.41 crore passengers in 2019 as against the 13.89 crore in 2018.
Also, air passenger traic grew at a mere 2.56% in December 2019 over the 11.18% growth
witnessed in November on account of the festive season.
Passenger load factor, the metric the measures the percentage of seats filled by an airline, of all
major airlines – Air India, SpiceJet, GoAir, IndiGo, AirAsia India and Vistara – declined in December 2019 as compared to November last year.
IndiGo maintained its lead position with 47.5% share of the domestic passenger market in
December 2019, while SpiceJet's increased its market share from 16.1% in November to 16.5% in
The market share of Air India, GoAir, AirAsia India and Vistara was 11.9%, 10.2%, 7% and 6.1%
respectively in December.
The air passenger traic grew every month last year, barring April which registered negative
growth, due to the grounding of Boeing 737 MAX aircra and shutting down of Jet Airways.
The month of December also saw a cancellation rate of 2.34%, largely on account of inclement
The last month also witnessed a total of 957 passenger-related complaints by the domestic
airlines, which came to 0.74 grievances per 10,000 passengers.
Air India topped the list of with 2.3 complaints per 10,000 passengers in December, while GoAir was
on number two position with 0.9 complaints per 10,000 passengers.
20/01/20 Sagar Kulkarni/Deccan Herald
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