Domestic airlines carried over 10 crore fliers in a year

Domestic airlines carried over 10 crore fliers in a year

India's domestic aviation industry crossed a milestone in November with airlines flying more than 10 crore passengers for the first time in a calendar year.

The 10 airlines, including the national carrier Air India, carried 10.59 crore people between January and November this year, as against 9.98 crore in January-December 2016.

The number of fliers were always on a mercurial rise since 2014. While 6.73 crore people were flown in 2014, the number rose to 8.10 crore the next year.

This year alone in November,  1.05 crore people were flown as against 89.66 lakh in same month last year. This is the highest number of fliers for any given month so far.

This is the third time this year and in consecutive months that the number of fliers have crossed the one-crore mark. It was in May this year that the number of fliers crossed the mark for the first time when it touched 1.01 crore. The figure was 1.04 crore in October.

When it comes to seat occupancy, all the 10 domestic airlines showed an increase from October. According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the passenger load factor in November showed an increasing trend compared to previous month "primarily due to the ongoing tourist season".

Low-cost carrier SpiceJet was the topper by managing to fill 95.5% of its seats available for fliers. SpiceJet Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh said his airline has recorded the highest load factor for the 32nd month-in-a-row. "The load factor at 95.5% is also the highest in SpiceJet's history. This has set a new threshold in global aviation and we are proud of that," he said.

The overall cancellation rate of domestic airlines for November was 0.48% compared to October's   0.50%, September's 0.78% and August's 0.83%. Trujet with 7.04% and JetLite with 1.80% topped the list. For a second consecutive month, Air Asia did not cancel a single flight while Zoom Air that topped the list last month did not record a single cancellation.

There was an increase in the number of passenger complaints from 656 in October to 716 in November. The number of complaints per 10,000 passengers carried for November has been around 0.68 as against 0.63 in October.

 

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