6.3 Crore Domestic Air Passengers Travelled In 2020

6.3 Crore Domestic Air Passengers Travelled In 2020

The aviation sector has been significantly impacted due to the travel restrictions imposed in India and other countries in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

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 domestically in December last year, which was 43.72% lower than in the corresponding period of 2019.

A total of 6.3 crore domestic passengers travelled by air last year, 56.29% lower than 2019, Indian aviation regulator DGCA said on Friday.

While IndiGo carried 3.25 crore passengers last year, a 51.7% share of the total domestic market, SpiceJet flew 93.9 lakh passengers, which is 14.9% 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 occupancy rate or load factor of six major Indian airlines was between 65.1% and 78% 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 said.

The occupancy rate at SpiceJet was 78% last month, highest among the six major Indian carriers.

India resumed domestic passenger flights on May 25 after a gap of two months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Indian airlines are allowed to operate a maximum of 80% of their pre-Covid-19 domestic flights.

The DGCA data mentioned that in December, IndiGo had the best on-time performance of 94.9% at four metro airports – Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

AirAsia India and Vistara were at number two and three at these four airports in November with 89.9% and 88.4% on-time performance, respectively, the DGCA said.

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