Flight cancelled: Air travel shrinks this year, but not due to economic slowdown; minister tells why


The closure of Jet Airways, world-wide grounding of Boeing 737 Max and the global slowdown have hit the Indian aviation market, lowering the number of passengers travelling by flights this year. In the first ten months of the current financial year, the number of passengers travelling via major airports of India has contracted on-year.

On top of that, the volume of freight handled by airlines has also contracted, according to the data provided by Hardeep Singh Puri, MoS, Minister of Civil Aviation, in a reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today. Mangalore and Trivandrum are the two airports that have seen the steepest contraction.

The number of passengers travelling via major airports has contracted by 0.9 per cent and the volume of freight carried via these airports has contracted by 5.1 per cent during April-October 2019. Read More

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