India’s air passenger traffic grows at record 26%


India’s passenger traffic grew by 25.82% in July as compared to the corresponding period last year with domestic airlines carrying 85.08 lakh passengers.

Domestic airlines carried 560.87 lakh passengers in the first seven months of 2016 as compared to 455.95 lakh last year thereby registering a 23.01% growth. This is the 24th consecutive month wherein the Indian aviation market has registered a double digit growth. “Indian aviation continues to soar. July passenger growth reaches a record breaking 25%,” tweeted aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju.

IndiGo had the highest market share of 39.8% followed by Jet Airways (19.1%), Air India (14.8%), SpiceJet (11.7%) and GoAir (8.4%).

SpiceJet had highest passenger load factor (PLF) of 92% in July followed by GoAir (90.3%) and AirAsia (85.75). Vistara had the best on-time performance (OTP) 80.3% followed by SpiceJet (79.2%). Bangalore-based Air Pegasus had the highest cancellation rate of 29.67%. A total of 948 passenger-related complaints were received in July.
1,111 passengers were denied boarding, 4796 were affected due to cancellations and 65,953 due to delays.
SpiceJet said “diligent planning, efficient utilization of the resources” among other factors had helped it to record the best OTP and occupancy among domestic carriers.

“Our OTP for July stood at 79.2% while the airline again topped the PLF chart registering 92%. SpiceJet has registered more than 90% PLF for 15 consecutive months; the highest in each month in Indian skies,” a SpiceJet spokesperson said.

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