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Domestic air traffic flies 14.35% in November

Domestic air traffic logged 14.35 per cent growth in November as compared to the corresponding period last year propelled by the festive season rush, official data showed on Thursday.

The number of passengers rose to 58.74 lakh as against 51.37 lakh carried by the seven Indian airlines a year-ago, the data showed.

The traffic logged a 19.4 per cent growth in the April- November period this year, with all domestic airlines combined having flown 609.43 lakh passengers in the period compared to 558 lakh passengers flown in November 2013.

IndiGo was inching closer to the two-million passenger mark as it flew 19.60 lakh passengers last month, followed by Jet Airways with 10.81, Air India carried 10.27 lakh passengers in November.

Another budget carrier SpiceJet, which is surviving to remain in the skies, cornered the fourth position as it carried 8.76 lakh passengers, while Wadia Group promoted low-cost airline GoAir flew 5.29 lakh passengers during the reporting month. New entrant AirAsia India and regional carrier Air Costa also flown 0.60 and 0.61 lakh passengers during the previous month.

Spicejet debacle: Govt mulls infra status for aviation industry

With SpiceJet passing through a turbulent phase, Civil Aviation Ministry is likely to push for granting infrastructure status to the aviation industry to enable it to access finances at cheaper rates and ease the cash crunch.

A “relief package” is being evolved for the entire industry, not just the beleaguered SpiceJet, official sources said.

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