Wednesday, April 29, 2020

India''s domestic air passenger traffic fell 11.8% in March: IATA

New Delhi: India''s domestic air passenger traffic crashed by 11.8 per cent in March on a year-on-year basis, as per the data furnished by International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Wednesday.

The month saw the commencement of the first phase of lockdown and subsequent ceasing of all domestic passenger flight operations.

However, the fall in India''s domestic air passenger volume -- measured in revenue passenger kilometres -- was the lowest amongst major aviation markets such as Australia, Brazil, China, Japan, Russia and the US.

In the period under consideration, the domestic passenger traffic fall in China was at 65.5 per cent, Japan at 55.8 and followed by that of US at 48.1 per cent.

The country''s domestic available passenger capacity -- measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs) -- rose 0.7 per cent on a YoY basis.

India''s domestic air passenger volume is expected to further plunge in April due to the nationwide lockdown and the scare around the spread of Covid-19.

At present, no foreign or domestic passenger flight operations are allowed, though cargo operations are still underway.
29/04/20 IANS/Outlook

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