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India’s domestic air traffic fell 10% last month: DGCA

India’s domestic air traffic dropped by about ten% last compared to June, latest data have revealed.

It declined to about 70% compared to around 80% in June, they said.

However on a year-on-year basis, the domestic airlines flew 52.16 lakh passengers in July this year registering a growth of 7.19% over the 48.66 lakh passengers flown during the same period in the previous year, the data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) showed.

The month-on-month decline of around 10% in passenger traffic was primarily a result of the lean season, coupled with an active monsoon in some parts of the country, official sources said.

The figures showed IndiGo’s continued dominance in market share with 30.7%, followed by SpiceJet at 20.9%, Jet Airways-JetLite combine with 19.6% and Air India at 18%.

While IndiGo flew the maximum number of passengers at 16 lakh in July this year, it was followed by SpiceJet at 10.92 lakh and Air India taking the third spot with 9.40 lakh. Jet Airways carried 8.17 lakh passengers, Go Air flew 4.80 lakh passengers followed by JetLite 2.04 lakh.

The two new airlines, AirAsia India and Air Costa, flew 25,000 and 58,000 passengers and had a market share of 0.5 and 1.1% respectively.

Commenting on his airline’s performance, SpiceJet COO Sanjiv Kapoor said the increase in its loads and share was “the result of our new network, improved branding and product and our dynamic pricing and revenue management approach where we believe flying empty seats, which is the ultimate perishable commodity, is a waste especially for budget airlines”.

“As our first quarter operating results demonstrated, our increase in loads this year has not been at the expense of yields,” Kapoor added.

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