Air passenger traffic sees 12.43 per cent increase in July but capacity utilisation in flights declined

Domestic air passenger traffic rose to 95.65 lakh from 85.08 lakh reported for the corresponding month of last year.

Published: 21st August 2017 11:17 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd August 2017 01:20 AM   |  A+A-

An Air India aircraft takes off from the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad. (File | Reuters)

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By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: There was a significant growth in domestic air traffic in July as compared to the air traffic in the same period last year, the civil aviation ministry claimed on Monday. Domestic air passenger traffic rose by 12.43 percent in July to 95.65 lakh from 85.08 lakh reported for the corresponding month of last year. However, there was a decline in capacity utilisation of flights due to end of the tourist season, the ministry admitted. Releasing government data on domestic air traffic, the country’s aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation also said that during the January-July period passenger air traffic in the domestic sector grew by over 17 percent.

In its domestic air traffic report for July, the DGCA stated, “Passengers carried by domestic airlines during January-July 2017 were 657.21 lakh as against 560.87 lakh during the corresponding period of previous year thereby registering a growth of 17.18 percent.” The statistics also provided insight into punctuality, seats utilisation and cancellations of flights in the domestic sector.

India’s largest airline in the domestic market IndiGo led the industry with 84.6 percent punctuality rate at four major airports of Bangalore, New Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai. It was followed by GoAir (78.2), Vistara (74.5) and SpiceJet (73.4). IndiGo also retained its position as the largest airline in domestic market with the highest market share of 38.7 percent followed by Jet Airways (15.8), SpiceJet (14.2), Air India (13.5), and GoAir (7.8). AirAsia India and Vistara had market share of 3.6 percent each, followed by JetLite (2.4) and Trujet (0.5).

Budget airline SpiceJet had the highest passenger load factor (PLF) in July at 94.4 percent. PLF is a measure of capacity utilisation of the airline. AirAsia, Vistara and IndiGo followed SpiceJet in PLF at at 88.4 percent, 84.6 percent and at 83.7 percent respectively. DGCA, however, stated that PLF plummeted in July when compared to June “due to the end of tourist season.”

The overall cancellation rate of scheduled domestic airlines for July 2017 stood at 0.79 percent. 75 percent flights of Zoom Air were cancelled while the second highest cancellations were recorded by TruJet whose 3.70% flights were cancelled. The third highest cancellations were recorded by Air India whose cancellation rate was 1.60% and the least number of cancellations were made by Jet Airways as its cancellation rate stood at 0.25%. DGCA also put out that a total of 678 passenger related complaints was received last month. “During July 2017, a total of 678 passenger related complaints had been received by the scheduled domestic airlines. The number of complaints per 10,000 passengers carried for the month of July 2017 has been around 0.71,” the aviation regulator said.

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