Domestic air passenger traffic up 17.36% in May

DELHI: Domestic airlines flew 101.74 lakh air passengers in May this year, registering a 17.36 per cent increase over the 86.69 lakh passengers flown during the same period in the previous year.

IndiGo retained the number one spot having flown 41.91 lakh air passengers in May followed by Jet Airways (15.51 lakh) and Air India (13.23 lakh), according to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

Spicejet carried 12.79 lakh passengers while Go Air flew 8.64 lakh passengers, Vistara flew 3.34 lakh and AirAsia carried 3.32 lakh passengers.

The passenger load factors of various scheduled domestic airlines in May 2017

“The passenger load factor in the month of May 2017 has shown increasing trend compared to previous month primarily due to beginning of tourist season,” DGCA said.

“Passengers carried by domestic airlines during Jan-May 2017 were 465.87 lakhs as against 396.04 lakhs during the corresponding period of previous year thereby registering a growth of 17.63%,” DGCA said.

Even as talks of selling Air India gain ground, the national carrier has improved its market share in the month of May.

Air India’s market share improved from 12.9% in April to 13% in May, the air traffic report by DGCA said on Monday.

Market leader IndiGo saw a minor decline from 41.4% in April to 41.2% in May.

SpiceJet and Jet Airways market share in May were at 12.6% and 15.2% respectively in May from 12.9% and 15.2% respectively in April.

Market share of  Vistara and GoAir also improved its respective market shares. Vistara was at 3.2% in April and increased to 3.3% in May. While GoAir was at 8.1% in April and improved to 8.5% in May.

SpiceJet reported the highest passenger load factor of 94.3 per cent during May this year among all the domestic airline. Passenger load factor shows how many of the total seats on offer by each airline are getting filled.

GoAir reported a PLF of 93 per cent, IndiGo (91.1 per cent), AirAsia (89.4 per cent), Vistara (86.8 per cent), Jet Airways (85.3 per cent) and Air India (80.9 per cent).

IndiGo reported the best on-time performance (OTP) among all the airlines at 85 per cent at the four metro airports of Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. SpiceJet took the second spot reporting an OTP of 82.4 per cent followed by Vistara (80.2 per cent) and Air India (domestic) (77.8 per cent).

The aviation regulator on Sunday announced the suspension of flying license of Air Carnival, which has not operated a single flight since early April. Market share of the airline at the end of the first calendar year quarter was 0.1%.

Passengers carried by all domestic airlines increased in the month of May.

The industry paid over ₹2.81 crore to the over 1.13 lakh passengers affected by cancellations, delays and those who were denied boarding in May this year.

Commenting on the passenger traffic data, Sharat Dhall, COO, Yatra.com said “We are bullish this high double digit growth on a much higher base will continue in the coming months driven by stable oil prices and increased capacity from airlines,” reports Business Line.



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