August domestic air passenger traffic grows 24%
Domestic air passenger traffic rose nearly 24 per cent in August to 83.81 lakh passengers from 67.60 lakh registered during the same period last year, according to official data, released on Monday.
The domestic air travel demand during the January-August period of this year, however, surged 23.14 per cent to 644.68 lakh fliers as compared to 523.55 lakh passengers flown by the domestic carriers in the same period of 2015. Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, in a tweet, said that the 24 per cent growth in domestic air passenger traffic in August was the highest across the aviation markets. "Another month of record growth for Indian aviation. August records 24% - highest worldwide," Raju tweeted. The DGCA data showed that no-frills carrier IndiGo carried the most number of passengers at 33.41 lakh with a market share touching almost 40 per cent, while another budget carrier SpiceJet had the highest passenger load factor (PLF) during the month under review at 93.2 percent.
National carrier Air India also flew a total of 12.25 lakh passenger during August 2016 with a market share of 14.6 per cent, the lowest so far this year.