Saturday, December 18, 2021

Domestic air passengers per month crosses 10 million after 20 months

Domestic passengers in India crossed the 10 million mark after a gap of 20 month mainly on the back of increase in demand for leisure and visiting friends and family travel, as the number of infections decline.

During the month of November, airlines carried 10.5 million passengers as compared to 6.4 million carried during the same month last year. Domestic passenger numbers had last crossed 10 million in February last year, when airlines had flown 12.3 million passengers.

Domestic passenger numbers, which had reached its highest post-COVID in February, started to decline after the second wave hit India starting March. The return of passengers started in June and further started growing in September on the back of festive months of Durga Puja and Diwali.

Industry watchers expect passenger numbers to continue its upward trajectory as people have plans for year-end holidays. Travel analysts, however, are worried about the impact of Omicron – a new variant of the Corona Virus – on the number of cases in the country. Airlines say business travel has also improved leading to increase in passenger number on key routes like Delhi- Mumbai.

17/12/21 Mihir Mishra/Economic Times

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