About 2.81 lakh passengers travelled domestically; load factor of airlines registers a sharp decline, says DGCA
2.81 lakh passengers travelled domestically in India in May this year as compared to 1.218 crore that travelled in May 2019.
Aviation regulator, The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has released a data pertaining to domestic travel and load factor of airlines. According to the data, a total of 2.81 lakh passengers travelled domestically and load factor of airlines remained low between May 25 and May 31. Load factor measures the percentage of seats occupied in an airline’s flights.
After a gap of two months, India resumed domestic passenger flights on May 25, which were suspended to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic.
“The passenger load factor in the month of May 2020 has shown a sharp decline due to limited air operations because of COVID-19 outbreak,” stated the DGCA. The data released by the regulator on stated that 2.81 lakh passengers travelled domestically in India in May this year as compared to 1.218 crore that travelled in May 2019.
DGCA stated that IndiGo carried 1.42 lakh passengers and had a domestic market share of 50.6 per cent in May. The airline had a load factor of 52.6 per cent in May. Air India, at the number two position, had the market share of 17.3 per cent in May. It had a 54 per cent load factor in May. At number three, SpiceJet, had 17.1 per cent market share. It had 57.2 per cent load factor in May.
AirAsia India had a laod factor of 46 per cent and had flown 22,000 passengers whereas Vistara had load factor of 44.1 per cent in May and had flown 18,000 passengers. The DGCA data mentioned that Vistara had the best on-time performance at four metro airports – Bengaluru, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai – at 92.8 per cent. AirAsia India and IndiGo were at number two and three at these four airports with 86 per cent and 84.2 per cent on-time performance, respectively.