Domestic air travellers on rise, however quantity nonetheless approach beneath final 12 months’s: DGCA knowledge

Vijay Mohan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, September 16

While the variety of passengers being ferried by home scheduled airways is exhibiting a constant rise, the quantum of travellers to this point continues to be approach beneath that of final 12 months, in keeping with the newest knowledge compiled by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

“The passenger load factor in the month of August 2020 has shown some recovery due to increased demand after opening of lockdown,” the DGCA mentioned on Wednesday after analysing site visitors knowledge submitted by varied home airways for the month.

The variety of passengers that travelled on home airways in August 2020 was 28.32 lakh as in comparison with 21.07 lakh in July 2020. Private carriers accounted for over 90 per cent of the load issue throughout these two months, with the remaining being with Air India.

Following full lockdown being imposed throughout the nation in March 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, no flights operated in April. With partial rest, 2.81 lakh passengers have been ferried in May and 19.84 lakh in June.

The variety of passengers carried by home airways from January-August was 401.17 lakh as towards 943.58 lakh in the course of the corresponding interval of earlier 12 months, thereby registering an annual development of minus 57.48 per cent.

In August the airways carried 28.32 lakh passengers in comparison with 117.93 lakh for a similar month final 12 months, which interprets to a month-on-month development of minus 75.99 per cent, the DGCA mentioned.

Airline knowledge additionally confirmed that amongst all airways Indigo had the best market share, accounting for 49.eight per cent of the passengers carried from January to August this 12 months, adopted by Spicejet with 15.9 per cent and state-owned Air India with 11.four per cent.

As far as passenger grievances are involved, the best variety of complaints obtained pertained to the refund of tickets. During the month of August, 23,219 passengers have been affected as a result of cancellation of flights and one other 12,591 individuals have been affected due to flight delays.

In accordance with the Civil Aviation requirement, all airways are required to submit knowledge on the variety of instances of denied boarding, cancellations and delays together with the standing on a month-to-month foundation to the DGCA.


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