January air passenger traffic up 23 percent

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New Delhi, Feb 18 (IANS) Domestic air passenger traffic rose 23 percent in January to 76.55 lakh from 62.45 lakh registered during the same month of last year, official data showed on Thursday.

India’s domestic air passenger traffic zoomed by 20.34 percent in 2015. Passenger traffic during the January-December 2015 stood at 811 lakh from 674 lakh passengers ferried during 2014.

The monthly passenger traffic data was furnished by the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

“Passengers carried by domestic airlines during January 2016 were 76.55 lakh as against 62.45 lakh during the corresponding period of previous year, thereby registering a growth of 22.58 percent,” the ministry said in its monthly statistical analysis.

The data showed that low-cost carrier (LCC) SpiceJet had the highest passenger load factor during the month under review at 92.1 percent.

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The LCC was followed by budget carriers — GoAir (84.9) and IndiGo (84.7).

For other airlines like Air Costa’s passenger load factor during January stood at (84), Air Pegasus (83.8), Trujet (83.4), Jet Airways and JetLite (82.5) each, AirAsia India (81.9), Air India’s domestic operations (81.7) and Vistara (74.8).

At the same time, data on the on-time performance showed Vistara leading the industry with 86.6 percent punctuality at four major airports of Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

It was followed by Jet Airways and JetLite (75.4), IndiGo (75), SpiceJet (74.7), and Air India’s domestic operations (65).

Meanwhile, Air Costa had the highest numbers of cancellations at 11.46 percent followed by Air Pegasus (10.83), Air India (1.91), Trujet (1.22), IndiGo (0.99), Vistara (0.59), GoAir (0.55), Jet Airways (0.52), SpiceJet (0.51), AirAsia India (0.50) and JetLite (0.23).

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“The overall cancellation rate of scheduled domestic airlines for the month of January 2016 has been 1.10 percent,” the ministry noted.

According to the data, a total of 823 passenger related complaints were received during the month under review.

Air India’s domestic operations had the highest complaints rate per 10,000 passengers in January.

Air India’s share stood at (2.8), followed by Jet Airways and JetLite (1.3), GoAir and Air Costa (1.00) each, AirAsia India (0.9), Air Pegasus (0.8), SpiceJet and IndiGo (0.5) each, Trujet and Vistara (0.3) each.

LCC IndiGo achieved the highest market share in the month under review at 35.6 percent followed by Jet Airways (18.7), Air India (16), SpiceJet (13.2), GoAir (8.1) and JetLite (2.7 percent).

AirAsia India had a market penetration of 2.3 percent, Vistara (2.00), followed by Air Costa (0.8), Trujet (0.4) and Air Pegasus (0.3).

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