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Country’s aviation regulator, Directorate General Civil Aviation (DGCA), in its monthly statement revealed that the domestic air passenger traffic registered an annual growth of 51.70 per cent during March 2023 after the end of year’s first quarter. India’s domestic airlines carried close to 3.75 crore passengers in March indicating strong demand for travel across the country.

Passengers carried by domestic airlines during March 2023 were 375.04 lakh as against 247.23 lakh during the corresponding period of previous year. The monthly passenger growth was also 21.41 per cent matching the annual growth.

In February 2023, airlines carried nearly 2.46 crore passengers, considerably higher than the passengers carried in January 2023. Last month, the monthly air passenger growth was 56.82 per cent on the back of continued travel demand during winters of 2022.

According to DGCA’s latest analysis, domestic market leader IndiGo carried the most number of passengers after the end of first quarter of 2023 (January – March). The airline continues to lead the tally with 55.7 per cent market share followed by TATA Group airline which hold a combined market share of 16.3 per cent.

Domestic air passenger traffic registers 60% YoY growth, only short of 4% compared to pre-Covid levels

For FY2023, domestic passenger traffic is estimated at 1360 lakh and marginally higher than ICRA’s estimates of 1300-1350 lakh. For FY2023, the overall airlines’ capacity deployment was higher by 38 per cent as compared to FY2022. For March 2023, domestic air passenger traffic has been estimated at 130 lakh, 8 per cent higher than 121 lakh in February 2023.

Soon to be merged with Air India, another full-service carrier Vistara grabbed the next spot with 8.8 per cent market share. This is followed by GoFirst with 7.8 per cent, SpiceJet with 6.9 per cent and Akasa Air, country’s newest airline with 3 per cent market share.Among others, Government-owned Alliance Air got 1.1 per cent market share and regional carriers – FlyBig and Star Air getting 0.2 and 0.1 per cent market share respectively after the first quarter.

During January – March, IndiGo more than 2 crore passengers while Air India flew 33.70 lakh passengers. Vistara, Go First, AirAsia and SpiceJet carried 33.07 lakh, 29.11 lakh, 27.52 lakh and 25.99 lakh respectively, the data showed.

SpiceJet continued lead the Passenger Load Factor (PLF) chart with 92.3 per cent share in March as compared to 94.1 per cent in February. Closely following the chart is Vistara with 91.6 per cent load factor. The occupancy rate of Go First, Air India and IndiGo was 90.2 per cent, 85.1 per cent and 84 per cent respectively. Akasa Air registered a load factor of 73.6 per cent in March 2023.

In terms of cancellations, Fly Big cancelled most flights with its cancellation rate standing at 4.48 per cent while Indiaone Air received most complaints.

In terms of punctuality, Akasa Air lead the rally with 94.2 per cent on-time performance (OTP) across key metro airports – Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad followed by IndiGo with 92 per cent OTP. GoFirst had the worst on time performance with 49.2 per cent OTP.

  • Published On Apr 19, 2023 at 06:00 PM IST

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