Sunday, May 31, 2020

Chandigarh: Flights departing with just 26% capacity

Mohali: Poor occupancy is hurting flight operators in regaining momentum since the domestic operations were allowed from May 25 after a gap of almost two months.

Flights departed with just 26% occupancy and arrived with 42% at the Chandigarh international airport in five days, according to Airports Authority of India (AAI) data.

A total of 2,376 passengers had arrived and 1,433 departed. As many as 31 flights operated from Chandigarh from May 25 to May 29, bringing and taking 3,809 passengers only.
Each aircraft has a capacity of 180 passengers on an average. In an ideal scenario, 5,580 passengers should have arrived and an equal number departed. The arrival of 2,376 passengers in 31 flights pegs the occupancy rate at 42%. Similarly, the occupancy rate for departures was 26%, with 1,433 people leaving the city.
A leading flight operator at the airport said, “On an average, we get 75% occupancy in a flight from Delhi and Mumbai, but here we are yet to break even. A single flight to Mumbai fetched a sale of Rs 14 lakh for to-and-fro trip. On May 29 Mumbai flight arrived with full capacity but departed with just 35 passengers, which is just 19% occupancy. In a single day, we sustained losses of Rs 6 lakh per flight.”
31/05/20 Barinderjit Saluja/Times of India
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