THE IMPACT OF THE PANDEMIC CONTINUES TO BE FELT ON THE INDIAN AVIATION SECTOR
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
New Delhi, Jan 15: A total of 6.3 crore domestic passengers travelled by air last year, 56.29 per cent lower than 2019, Indian aviation regulator DGCA said Friday. The impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues to be felt on the Indian aviation sector as the regulator said
that only 73.27 lakh people travelled by air domesti-cally in December last year, which was 43.72 per cent lower than in the corresponding period of 2019. While IndiGo carried 3.25 crore passengers last year, a 51.7 per cent share of the total domestic market, SpiceJet flew 93.9 lakh
passengers, which is 14.9 per cent share of the market, according to data shared by the DGCA. Air India, GoAir, AirAsia India and Vistara carried 69.32 lakh,
54.38 lakh, 43.87 lakh and 39.39 lakh passengers,
respectively, in 2020, the data showed. The occu-pancy rate or load factor of six major Indian airlines was between 65.1 per cent and 78 per cent in December 2020, it stated. ‘The passenger load factor in the month of December 2020 has shown declining trend compared to the previous month primarily due to the end of tourist season,
” the Directorate General of Civil_( Aviation (DGCA) said. The occupancy rate at SpiceJet was 78 per cent last month, high-est among the six major Indian car-riers. India resumed domestic passenger flights May 25 after a gap of two months due to the coro-navirus pandemic. Indian airlines are allowed to operate a maximum of 80 per cent of their pre-COVID-19 domestic flights.