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Domestic air passenger traffic bounce back in June

Domestic air passenger traffic rose by about 47% in June, as compared to the previous month, due to easing of travel restrictions amidst a decline in fresh coronavirus infection rate across the country, leading to more people taking to the skies.

About 3.11 million passengers traveled by air in June, compared with 2.12 million passengers recorded in May, according to data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday.

However, the air passenger traffic numbers for June remain below that of April, which recorded 5.72 million air passenger traffic.

In comparison, 1.98 million people took domestic flights during June 2020, after commercial scheduled air operations were resumed following a suspension between 25 March and 25 May 2020 due to a government-imposed lockdown to contain the spread of the covid-19 pandemic.

The passenger load factor (PLF) of major scheduled commercial airlines improved in June as compared to the previous month, with major airlines IndiGo (62.7%), SpiceJet (71%), GoAir (70.9%), Air India (58.4%), Vistara (60%), and AirAsia India (54.4%) seeing better capacity utilization.

PLF measures capacity utilization of transport services, including airlines.

In terms of market share, InterGlobe Aviation Limited-operated IndiGo led the sector with a 54.7% market share in June. The airline carried

During June, IndiGo carried 1.70 million passengers compared to 1.17 million passengers in the previous month.

Air India’s domestic market share at 16.5% as the national carrier carried 0.51 million passengers during the month against 0.43 million in May.

SpiceJet carried 0.28 million passengers, constituting a 9% market share, and GoAir carried 0.26 million passengers, registering a 8.3% market share, during June.

Vistara and AirAsia India carried about 0.23 million and 0.11 million…

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