indian aviation: 1.06 crore domestic passengers travelled in March; around 38% more than February: DGCA

Indian aviation regulator DGCA said on Wednesday that around 1.06 crore domestic passengers traveled by air in March, which is about 38 per cent more than the 76.96 lakh that flew in February.

The passenger load factor – meaning the occupancy rate – was above 80 per cent for all Indian private carriers in March, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in its monthly statement.

The load factors of SpiceJet, Indigo, Vistara, GoFirst, Air India and AirAsia India were 86.9 per cent, 81 per cent, 86.1 per cent, 81.4 per cent, 85 per cent and 81.3 per cent respectively in March 2022.

Centrally-run regional carrier Alliance Air recorded a load factor of 74 per cent in March this year, it noted.

In the last two years, the aviation sector has been hit hard due to travel restrictions imposed in India and other countries in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

IndiGo – India’s largest carrier – carried 58.61 lakh passengers in March, accounting for 54.8 per cent of the domestic market, the DGCA said.

Go First was second as it carried 10.44 lakh passengers in March.

According to data shared by DGCA, SpiceJet carried 10.21 lakh passengers and Air India 9.36 lakh passengers in March.

Vistara, AirAsia India and Alliance Air carried 8.9 lakh, 6.98 lakh and 1.45 lakh passengers respectively in March.

DGCA data in March said IndiGo delivered the best on-time performance of 93.9 per cent across four metro airports – Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

The DGCA said that in March, GoFirst and Vistara stood second and third with 93 per cent and 91.9 per cent on-time performance at these four airports, respectively.

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