November air passenger traffic up 22.45 per cent

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New Delhi, Dec 19 : Domestic air passenger traffic increased by 22.45 per cent last month to 89.66 lakh, official data showed on Monday.

The domestic passenger traffic during the corresponding month of last year stood at 73.22 lakh.

In October, the passenger traffic had risen by 23.20 per cent last month to 86.72 lakh.

According to the data furnished by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), passenger traffic during January-November period grew by 23.10 per cent.

“Passengers carried by domestic airlines during January-November 2016 were 903.36 lakh as against 733.82 lakh during the corresponding period of previous year thereby registering a growth of 23.10 per cent,” the DGCA said in its statistical analysis for the last month.

The data showed that low-cost carrier (LCC) SpiceJet had the highest passenger load factor (PLF) during the month under review at 92.5 per cent.

The LCC was followed by budget passenger carriers — IndiGo (88) and GoAir (87.3).

“The passenger load factor in the month of November 2016 has almost remained constant compared to previous month primarily due to the end of tourist season,” the DGCA said.

The data showed that in terms of on-time performance — SpiceJet led the industry with 81.7 per cent punctuality rate at four major airports of Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

It was followed by Jet Airways and JetLite (75.9) and Vistara (75.2).

Meanwhile, Air Carnival had the highest number of cancellations at 8.49 per cent followed by Trujet (4.06) and GoAir (1.60).

“The overall cancellation rate of scheduled domestic airlines for the month of November 2016 has been 1.17 per cent,” the aviation regulator said.

According to the data, a total of 951 passenger related complaints had been received last month.

Budget passenger carrier IndiGo retained the highest market share in the month under review at 42.1 per cent, followed by Jet Airways (14.9), Air India (12.9), SpiceJet (12.8) and GoAir at eight per cent.

LCC Vistara reported a market share of 2.9 per cent, followed by AirAsia India (2.8), JetLite (2.4), Air Costa (0.6), Trujet (0.5) and Air Carnival (0.1).

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