Domestic air passenger traffic grows 20.34% to 81.09 million in 2015

The total number of passengers carried by domestic airlines during January-December 2015 increased by 20.34 per cent to 81.09 million compared to 67.38 million during the corresponding period of the previous year, traffic data submitted by various domestic airlines showed.

During the year, SpiceJet reported the highest passenger load factor (PLF) of 92.1 against 90.7 in the previous year. Indigo was second with a PLF of 88.5 against 83.9 in the previous year and Air Costa third with a PLF of 87.1 in January-December up from 78.0 in the previous year.

National flag carrier Air India reported a PLF of 86.7 (81.7 in the previous year), followed by Go Air 86.5 (83.5), Jet Airways 83.8 (80.6), JetLite 83.0 (79.2), Air Asia 82.7 (83.0), Air Pegasus 82.7 (79.7) and Vistara 77.6 (72.2), in that order. 

Overall passenger load factor of airlines in December 2015 was higher compared to the previous month primarily due to the ongoing tourist season.

The overall cancellation rate of scheduled domestic airlines for December 2015 has been 2.49 per cent.

During December 2015, scheduled domestic airlines received a total of 1,091 passenger related complaints. The number of complaints per 10,000 passengers carried for December 2015 has been 1.4.

Air India (Domestic) received the highest number of complaints, followed by Air Asia, Spicejet, IndiGo, Jet Airways+JetLite, Go Air, and Vistara during December 2015.

During December 2015, all the scheduled domestic airlines complied with the mandatory capacity deployment requirements contained in the Route Dispersal Guidelines.

On-Time Performance (OTP) of scheduled domestic airlines computed for four metro airports, viz, Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai, showed Vista at the top, followed by Go air, Jet Airways+jetLite, Indigo, Spicejet, Air Asia and Air india at the bottom.

Reasons for delay have been analysed, which are presented below. It has been found that majority of delays have been attributed to 'Reactionary'.

There are more than 70 foreign carriers operating to/from India. At the time of compilation of this report, OTP data of 40 carriers was received.

The overall on-time performance (OTP) of these 40 carriers for December 2015 has been 68.8 per cent in departures and 66.3 per cent in arrivals.