Thursday, February 04, 2021

India's 2020 domestic air passenger traffic plummets over 55%: IATA

India's aviation sector suffered a severe blow in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic with its domestic air passenger traffic plunging by 55.6% in 2020 on a year-on-year basis. As per the data furnished by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Wednesday, the fall in India's domestic air passenger volume -- measured in revenue passenger kilometres -- was the third highest amongst major aviation markets such as Australia, Brazil, China, Japan, Russia and the US.

In the period under consideration, India's domestic passenger traffic decline was preceded by that of Australia at 69.5% and the US's at 59.6%.

The country's domestic available passenger capacity -- measured in available seat kilometres (ASKs) -- fell by 48% on a YoY basis.

India's domestic air passenger volume plunged in March 2020 due to the imposition of a nationwide lockdown and the scare around the spread of COVID-19.

It was on May 25 that gradual re-opening of the domestic operations was allowed.

At present, no foreign flights are allowed, however, operations under 'air bubble', evacuation and cargo are going on.

In terms of global passenger traffic demand, the data showed a fall of 65.9% in 2020 from 2019 levels.

04/02/21 IANS/New Minute

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