Friday, May 29, 2020

Airlines manage to fill half of flights on average; demand to fall further

Mumbai: With homebound students, young professionals, small-time businessmen and workers accounting for most travellers, airlines have managed to operate flights at about 50% occupancy rates, although industry insiders say demand will plunge once the spate of essential travel is over.
Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri wrote on microblogging platform Twitter that airlines ferried 30,136 passengers on 367 flights till 5 pm on Thursday.
This means airlines are operating with only 82 passengers on average per flight. Most aircraft in India have 180 seats.
The number Puri cited for previous days also threw up similar occupancy numbers.
Load factors for low fare carrier IndiGo, which carries nearly half of India’s domestic passengers, was below 50%, said an IndiGo executive.
“Majority of the travel is from metros to non-metros, primarily cities in the east and northeast like Patna and Guwahati. Those routes are seeing 60% loads or slightly higher. Flights to metros are barely filling more than 40%,” said a senior airline executive on condition of anonymity.
29/05/20 Anirban Chowdhury/Economic Times

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