Peak season sends air traffic soaring


Led by peak season travel demand, domestic air traffic grew 15 per cent in December 2014 with airlines carrying 64.4 lakh passengers.

The country’s largest low-cost airline IndiGo was the biggest gainer from the ongoing SpiceJet crisis during this period. The airline reinforced its dominant position with 36.1 per cent market share. SpiceJet grounded 32 per cent of its flights during December.

The airline saw its market share being halved from its peak of 21 per cent in July. Air traffic growth in 2014 inched closer to double digits at 9.7 per cent as new entrant Air Asia India stimulated the market, reports Financial Chronicle.

According to DGCA data, domestic airlines flew 673.83 lakh passengers during January-December 2014 as against 614.26 lakh passengers in the corresponding period previous year.

“A lot of fresh air has come in. With new products coming into the market there will be further enhancements,” Universal Aviation managing director Rajan Mehra said.


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