India's domestic air passenger traffic shrunk by almost 8 pc

Air India

India's domestic air passenger traffic shrunk by almost eight per cent last month compared to November last year, in spite of expectations of a growing market during the peak winter season.

Domestic airlines carried 50.20 lakh passengers in November compared to 54.14 lakh passengers during the same period last year, official data released today showed.

During January-November this year, the number of passengers carried by Indian carriers declined by about three per cent. The airlines flew 5.34 crore passengers in the same period, down from 5.5 crore passengers flown last year.

Though several global bodies had earlier projected a growth in domestic air traffic in India, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) had recently said the impact of a recession was now being felt in India which had shown "the worst performance for any market" in October.

The November data, released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), showed Indian carriers cutting capacity or the number of flights and seats offered in November by nearly six per cent as demand shrunk by over seven per cent.

The number of passengers carried within India by these airlines has been declining since June this year as against that last year, leading to a shrinkage of the domestic market.

Airline-wise, IndiGo flew the maximum number of passengers (13.69 lakh) in November, followed by Air India (10.38 lakh), SpiceJet (9.78 lakh), Jet Airways (9.17 lakh) and Go Air (3.73 lakh).

The airlines collectively paid Rs 37.54 lakh as compensation to 1142 passengers who were denied boarding. In addition, Rs 34.66 lakh was paid to 14,864 passengers as compensation for cancelled flights, while Rs 25.03 lakh was paid to 63,640 passengers for delayed flights last month.

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