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The Direc­torate Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion (DGCA) has claimed that In­dia’s do­mes­tic air pas­sen­ger traf­fic grew by 18.36 per cent in June 2018. The of­fi­cial data showed that 1.13 crore pas­sen­gers were fer­ried by the do­mes­tic air­lines dur­ing the month un­der re­view from 95.68 lakh re­ported dur­ing the cor­re­spond­ing month of 2017. How­ever, on a se­quen­tial ba­sis, the traf­fic grew by around 5.04 per cent. It had risen to 1.19 crore in May 2018, while in April it had grown to 1.15 crore. As per the data fur­nished by the DGCA, the pas­sen­ger traf­fic dur­ing the Jan­uary-June 2018 pe­riod grew by 22 per cent. “Pas­sen­gers car­ried by do­mes­tic air­lines dur­ing Jan­uary-June 2018 were 684.83 lakh as against 561.55 lakh dur­ing the cor­re­spond­ing pe­riod of pre­vi­ous year thereby reg­is­ter­ing a growth of 21.95 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 93.3 per cent dur­ing June 2018. SpiceJet was fol­lowed by GoAir with a PLF of 88.6 per cent, In­diGo at 88.3 per cent and Vis­tara at 84.8 per cent. In its lat­est traf­fic data for May 2018, the DGCA had said that do­mes­tic air pas­sen­ger traf­fic grew 16.53 per cent to 11.86 mil­lion dur­ing the month over the same pe­riod a year ago. Twelve do­mes­tic air­lines to­gether flew 11.85 mil­lion pas­sen­gers as com­pared to 10.17 mil­lion pas­sen­gers in May last year, the DGCA said.

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