Air passenger traffic falls for second straight month

July 18th, 2012 - 9:16 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 18 (IANS) Domestic air passenger traffic in June recorded a substantial fall of 3.84 percent at 51.08 lakh from 53.12 lakh in the corresponding month of 2011, official data revealed Wednesday.

The trend started in May. That month passenger traffic came down by 0.87 percent and stood at 54.48 lakh from 54.96 lakh carried in the corresponding month of 2011.

However, the data released by the aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), showed the total passengers carried by all the domestic airlines in the January-June period grew by 3.71 percent at 309.16 lakh passengers.

“Passengers carried by domestic airlines during January-June 2012 (half yearly) were 309.16 lakh as against 298.10 lakh during the corresponding period of previous year there by registering a growth of plus 3.71 percent,” DGCA said in its monthly data report.

On a standalone basis, IndiGo had the largest market share of 26 percent, followed by Jet Airways, 20.7 percent, SpiceJet, 18.6 percent, Air India 16.8 percent percent and Go Air, 6.9 percent.

JetLite had a market share of 6.7 percent and Kingfisher Airlines 4.2 percent.

Troubled airline Kingfisher recorded the highest number of cancellations amongst all domestic carriers in June. The data showed that the airline cancelled 3.7 percent of all its domestic flights in June.

The Kingfisher was followed by national carrier Air India with 2.1 percent cancellation of all domestic flights in June 2012.

This has come as no surprise to many as the Kingfisher Airline is facing labour and financial problems.

However, Air India’s recent pilots’ strike faced by the carrier in its international operations is being blamed for the adverse impact on its performance in the domestic circuit in June.

Low-cost carriers IndiGo and Jet Airways had the least number of flight cancellations at 0.1 percent and 0.6 percent respectively.

The passenger load factor of the cash-strapped Kingfisher Airlines was 62.2 percent and that of Air India stood at 71.3 percent.

The highest passenger load factor was obtained by IndiGo at 86.5 percent in the period under review.

Air India had the worst on time performance (OTP) of all the six scheduled operators at 78.6 percent. In comparison, then OTP of IndiGo stood at 95.1 percent, Jet Airways and JetLite at 88.7 percent. Interestingly Kingfisher had an OTP of 87 percent.

Go Air and Air India had one of the highest passenger complaint rates of 2.3 percent and 1.7 percent, respectively.

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