Air passenger traffic higher by 20 percent in 2015

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New Delhi, Jan 18 (IANS) Low fuel prices, coupled with competitive fares and recovering economic activity, led India’s domestic air passenger traffic to skyrocket by 20.34 percent in 2015, official data showed on Monday.

The data furnished by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) showed that passenger traffic during the January-December period stood at 811 lakh in 2015 from 674 lakh passengers, who were ferried during 2014.

“Passengers carried by domestic airlines during January-December 2015 were 810.91 lakh

as against 673.83 lakh during the corresponding period of previous year, thereby

registering a growth of 20.34 percent,” the DGCA said in its monthly statistical supplement.

The data showed that low cost carrier (LCC) IndiGo achieved the highest market share in the calendar year under review at 36.7 percent followed by Jet Airways (19.2), Air India (16.4), SpiceJet (11.6), Go Air (8.5) and JetLite (3.3 percent).

Others like AirAsia India had a market penetration of 1.7 percent, while Vistara reported a market share of 1.3 percent, followed by Air Costa’s (0.9). Air Pegasus and Trujet had a market share — (0.1), respectively.

On a monthly-basis, the air passenger traffic rose by 19.71 percent in December to 77.09 lakh from 64.40 lakh registered during the corresponding month of last year.

Furthermore, the DGCA data revealed that LCC SpiceJet had the highest passenger load factor during the month under review at 92.1 percent.

The LCC was followed by another budget carrier IndiGo (88.5), Air Costa (87.1), Air India (86.7), Go Air (86.5), Jet Airways (83.8), JetLite (83), AirAsia India (82.7), Trujet (82.7), Air Pegasus (82.2) and Vistara (77.6).

At the same time, data on the on-time performance showed Vistara leading the industry with 90.6 percent punctuality at four major airports of Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

It was followed by Jet Airways and JetLite (78.5), IndiGo (78.3), SpiceJet (72.9) and Air India (62.8 percent).

Meanwhile, Air Pegasus had the highest numbers of cancellations at 19.33 percent followed by Air Costa (14.59), Jet Airways (4.14), Air India (2.39), IndiGo (2.01), Go Air (1.52), Trujet (1.26), JetLite (0.88), AirAsia India (0.49), Vistara (0.43) and SpiceJet (0.34 percent).

“The overall cancellation rate of scheduled domestic airlines for the month of

December 2015 has been 2.49 percent,” the aviation regulator said.

According to the data, a total of 1,091 passenger-related complaints were received during December.

“During December 2015, a total of 1,091 passenger-related complaints had been

received by the scheduled domestic airlines,” the statement disclosed.

“The number of complaints per 10,000 passengers carried for the month of December 2015 has been 1.4”

Air India had the highest complaints rate per 10,000 passengers in the month under review — (4.3).

The national passenger carrier was followed by Go Air (1.5), Jet Airways and JetLite (1.3), Air Costa at (1.1), Air Pegasus (1.00), AirAsia India (0.7), SpcieJet (0.6) IndiGo (0.5), Trujet (0.4) and Vistara (0.1).

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