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Domestic air passenger traffic flies 16% higher in May

New Delhi: India's domestic air passenger traffic rose by 16.53 per cent in May, official data showed on Tuesday.

According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), 1.18 crore (118.56 lakh) passengers were ferried by the domestic airlines during the month under review from 1.01 crore (101.74 lakh) reported during the corresponding month of 2017.

On a sequential basis, the traffic grew by around three per cent. It had risen to 115.13 lakh in April 2018, while in March it had grown to 115.80 lakh.

As per the data furnished by the DGCA, the passenger traffic during the January-May 2018 period grew by over 22 per cent.

"Passengers carried by domestic airlines during January-May 2018 were 571.58 lakh as against 465.87 lakh during the corresponding period of previous year thereby registering a growth of 22.69 per cent," the DGCA said in its monthly domestic traffic report.

The data disclosed that low-cost carrier SpiceJet had the highest passenger load factor (PLF) -- a measure of capacity utilisation of the airline -- at 94.8 per cent during May.

"SpiceJet has yet again recorded the highest PLF in the industry. This is the 38th month in a row that we have flown with the highest loads in the Indian aviation market which is a testament of the combined effort put in by Team SpiceJet," said Shilpa Bhatia, Chief Sales and Revenue Officer, SpiceJet.

SpiceJet was followed by IndiGo with a PLF of 91 per cent, AirAsia India at 89.7 per cent and GoAir at 89.2 per cent.

"The passenger load factor in the month of May 2018 has shown increasing trend

compared to previous month primarily due to onset of tourist season," the monthly statistical analysis statement said.

The data noted that IndiGo led the industry with 80.9 per cent punctuality rate (on-time performance) at the four major airports of Bengaluru, New Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai. It was followed by SpiceJet (80) and Vistara (76.7).

Besides, overall cancellation rate of scheduled domestic airlines for May 2018 stood at 0.70 per cent. In addition, the data disclosed that a total of 724 passenger-related complaints were received last month.

"The number of complaints per 10,000 passengers carried for the month of May 2018 has been around 0.61," the statement said.

The data revealed that IndiGo led the industry with the highest market share of 40.9 per cent, followed by Jet Airways (13.7), Air India (12.8), SpiceJet (12.3), and GoAir (8.7).

AirAsia India had a market share of 5.5 per cent, followed by Vistara (4), JetLite (1.5) and Trujet (0.5).

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