Domestic air traffic in India grew 27% in October; annual growth at 59%


Domestic aviation traffic in India continues to record growth as passengers carried by domestic airlines during January-October 2022 were 98.8 million as against 62 million during the corresponding period of 2021, thereby registering annual growth of 59.16 per cent and monthly growth of 26.95 per cent.

Data released by aviation regulator DGCA on Tuesday showed that 11.4 million passengers were carried by domestic airlines in October as against 8.985 million during the same period last year.

The passenger load factor or occupancy of the airlines remained on the higher side in the range of 75-85%. Newly-launched Akasa Air marked the occupancy of 77.5% during October.

Spicejet recorded the highest occupancy of 88.1% while Indigo witnessed 82.1% passenger load factor during October. Air India had 82.7% and GoFirst had 86.7% occupancy during the month.

Industry sources said that the number of Covid-19 cases have recorded a downward trend in the last couple of weeks resulting in restoration of normalcy in the aviation traffic. Moreover, the government has also gradually done away with various restrictions.

For instance, wearing masks is no longer mandatory on flights. Earlier, the aviation regulator announced the removal of lower and upper limits on airfares after discussions among the stakeholders including government authorities and airlines. Carriers were of the view that removal of the pricing caps is required for a full recovery of domestic air traffic.

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