Tuesday, February 08, 2022

Domestic air passenger traffic falls 43% to 64 lakh in January: Icra

Mumbai: Domestic air passenger traffic plunged around 43 per cent month-on-month at 64 lakh in January 2022 as the third wave of the pandemic and the resultant restrictions by state governments kept flyers away from air travel, Icra said on Tuesday.

The domestic passenger volume in December 2021 was recorded at 112 lakh.

The rating agency said it is expecting the recovery process to remain subdued during March quarter and that the jet fuel prices continue to be a drag on the sector.

The passenger traffic declined 17 per cent last month over 77 lakh passengers transported by domestic airlines on local routes in January 2021, Icra said.

Also, airlines deployed 7 per cent lower capacity in January 2022, which saw 62,979 departures against 67,877 departures recorded in the corresponding month of 2021, it said, noting that on a sequential basis, the number of departures in January was lower 27 per cent due to emergence of the new Covid-19 variant.

The sequential recovery slumped in January 2022 with emergence of the new variant (Omicron) and related restrictions impacting the leisure travel segment along with existing subdued demand from the corporate traveller segment, said Suprio Banerjee, Vice President & Sector Head, Icra.

The same is also reflected as passenger traffic during April-January period of 2021-22 remained around 45 per cent lower than the period year earlier, he stated.

08/02/22 PTI/Times of India


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