Monday, August 16, 2021

Record surge in domestic air travel in India since second Covid wave

Domestic flight travel registered a monthly surge of 61% in July with nearly 50.07 lakh passengers travelling by plane. The number was 31.13 lakh in June, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said on August 13.

In May and April, as many as 21.15 lakh and 57.25 lakh people travelled by flights in India, respectively. Air passenger numbers had taken a tumble during April and May when the second wave of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) hit the country.

According to data shared by the national aviation regulator, IndiGo carried 29.32 lakh passengers, accounting for 58.6 per cent of the domestic market share, while SpiceJet flew 4.56 lakh travellers, constituting a 9.1 per cent market share.

Other airlines who carried passengers include GoFirst (earlier known as GoAir), Vistara, AirAsia and Air India. While Air India flew 6.7 lakh passengers, it was closely followed by Vistara that carried 4.07 lakh people. GoFirst and AirAsia flew 3.42 lakh and 1.65 lakh passengers, respectively.

The data further noted these six major airlines shared an occupancy rate or load factor between 53.6 per cent and 74.6 percent in July. In this matter, SpieceJet registered the highest occupancy rate in July with 74.6 per cent, followed by Vistara (69.2 per cent), GoFirst (67.1 per cent), IndiGo (66.2 per cent), Air India (64.3 per cent), and AirAsia (53.6 per cent).

16/08/21 Megha Paul/Travel Daily

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