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Air India’s domestic market swells by 15%

Similarly on a network basis, its uplift has gone up by nearly 12 pert cent from 45,100 passengers a day to 50,500 passengers a day, a company release said here on Saturday. Along with its subsidiary Air India Express, the airline carried 58,160 passengers during the first half of this December as against 53,720 last year, a growth of 8 per cent.

Its average passenger revenue was Rs 52.70 crore a day inclusive of Air India Express during the first half of December this year.

The average passenger load factor on its domestic network was 85.2 per cent and on the entire network was 75.0 per cent and in line with the Turnaround Plan, the release said.

Its yield on the domestic network was Rs 6.92 per tonne passenger km (PKM). The subsidiary Air India Express also averaged a passenger load factor of 81.5 per cent.

The airline operated 403 flights a day, out of which 267 were on the domestic network.

Certain international routes operated with Boeing 787 aircraft had passenger load factors of over 80 per cent including London, Australia, Bangkok, Singapore and Dubai, it said.

On domestic sectors Kolkata and Bangalore showed high load factors ranging from 86 to 92 per cent.
Air India is planning to ramp up capacity on the domestic sector by inducting one B747, one B777-200LR and one B777-300ER to clear the holiday rush. It is also planning to induct one additional B787 on the domestic route.

Air India is also planning to induct five new A320 aircraft on lease in its fleet from February 2015 onwards, the release said.
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