IN­CREASE IN DO­MES­TIC AIR TRAF­FIC

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The do­mes­tic avi­a­tion sec­tor con­tin­ues to be on a growth tra­jec­tory with lat­est fig­ures show­ing a growth of 23.10 per cent in air traf­fic till Novem­ber 2016 com­pared with the same pe­riod last year. Low-cost car­rier SpiceJet con­tin­ued to lead in the regime of seat oc­cu­pancy while In­diGo gar­nered 42.1 per cent mar­ket share. In­diGo, the mar­ket leader for years, has crossed the 40 per cent mark for the third con­sec­u­tive month while SpiceJet has topped the list of seat oc­cu­pancy for the past 19 months. Ac­cord­ing to sta­tis­tics re­leased by the Direc­torate Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion (DGCA), do­mes­tic car­ri­ers flew 903.36 lakh peo­ple in the first 11 months of 2016 com­pared with 733.82 lakh dur­ing the cor­re­spond­ing pe­riod in 2015. Novem­ber alone wit­nessed a 22.45 per cent rise in the num­ber of fliers, 89.66 lakh against 73.22 lakh in the same month last year. This is the 28th con­sec­u­tive month that the do­mes­tic traf­fic has reg­is­tered a dou­ble-digit growth. All the air­lines recorded a mar­ginal de­crease in seat oc­cu­pancy. SpiceJet was the leader in this area with 92.5 per cent against 91.9 per cent in Oc­to­ber 2016.

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