India’s domestic air traffic grows

Domestic air passenger traffic in the country recorded an annual growth of nearly 11% to 1.26 crore in October, according to official data released.

The traffic stood at 1.14 crore passengers in October 2022 and at 1.22 crore passengers in September this year.

The data released by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) showed that IndiGo carried 79.07 lakh passengers, garnering a domestic market share of 62.6% in October. The market share was lower compared to 63.4% registered in September.

Last month, Air India’s domestic market share climbed to 10.5% from 9.8% in September while that of Vistara and AirAsia India (renamed as AIX Connect) declined to 9.7% and 6.6%, respectively, in October.

SpiceJet’s market share grew to 5% in October from 4.4% in September while that of Akasa Air remained unchanged at 4.2 per cent.

“Passengers carried by domestic airlines during January-October 2023 were 1,254.98 lakhs as against 988.31 lakhs during the corresponding period of previous year thereby registering annual growth of 26.98 per cent and monthly growth of 10.78 per cent,” the DGCA said.

As many as 587 passengers were denied boarding by scheduled airlines in October, according to the data.

A total of 30,307 passengers were affected by flight cancellations and 1,78,227 passengers were impacted due to flight delays last month.


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