Festival season helps airlines carry more passengers than before although y-o-y number still negative

By The Hindu businessline

Our Bureau Domestic airlines carried 52.17 lakh passengers in October this year, registering a decline of over 58 per cent from the 1.23 crore passengers flown during the same period in previous year.

However, the number of passengers flown in October is more than the numbers flown in September this year (39.43 lakh), which is being viewed by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation as “showing some recovery due to increase in demand after opening of the lockdown and the onset of the festival season.”

The latest data released by the DGCA show that IndiGo remained the market leader, having carried 29.27 lakh of the 52.17 lakh passengers flown during October, followed by SpiceJet (7.04 lakh) and Air India (4.94 lakh).

GoAir flew 3.95 lakh passengers while AirAsia carried 3.74 lakh passengers, and 3.39 lakh domestic flyers chose Vistara, the DGCA data show.

When it comes to Passenger Load Factor, SpiceJet at 74 per cent took the top spot followed by IndiGo (68.2 per cent), Vistara (65.2 per cent), AirAsia (63 per cent), Air India (62.1 per cent) and GoAir (61.8 per cent). PLF shows the number of seats an airline manages to fill.

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