GROWTH OF DOMESTIC AIR TRAFFIC
As per data from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), India’s domestic airlines carried 95.83 lakh passengers during the month of September 2017 as against 82.3 lakh in the corresponding month in 2016. In the month of July this year, the number of passengers flown stood at 83.81 lakh which increased to 96.9 lakh in August. During the period January to September in 2016, the total passenger traffic figure stood at 726.98 lakh. During the corresponding period in the year 2017, this figure increased to 849.94 lakh, registering a growth rate in passenger traffic at 16.91 per cent. Amongst the India carriers, SpiceJet was clearly in the lead registering a seat occupancy of 94.2 per cent, well ahead of the IndiGo Airlines, the acknowledged market leader that had a seat occupancy of 85.2 per cent. As per sources in SpiceJet, the airline has consistently recorded load factors of over 90 per cent, even exceeding 94 per cent in the last five months, setting a record of sorts in the Indian airline industry.