Airlines flew 47 % more pax in 2022 vs 2021, but number still below pre-Covid


MUMBAI: Domestic airlines transported 123 million passengers last year as against 83 million in the year 2021 thus registering an annual growth of 47 %, showed monthly traffic data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Thursday. But the number hasn’t crossed pre-Covid volumes as in the calendar year 2019, domestic airlines had flown 144 lakh passengers.
For the month of December 2022, fog disruptions were the biggest cause of schedule disruption accounting for about 81 % of flight cancellations, showed DGCA data. IndiGo had the best On-Time Performance (OTP) for the month of December, followed by Vistara, Air India and Air AsiaIndia. The OTP ranks is computed from data gathered from four metro airports, Delhi, Mumbai Bangalore and Hyderabad.
Though by year-end 2022, airports were crowded and airline seats were packed, for most of the year, India’s daily domestic passenger traffic volume stayed under 4 lakhs even on weekends, which are the busiest day for travel. From mid-November onwards, increased demand for air travel brought on by festive season and year-end, had domestic passenger traffic surge. In early December, domestic airlines crossed pre-Covid daily traffic volumes.
The demand stayed high all through the week in December. For instance: Tuesdays are the leanest day for air travel but in December, all Tuesdays had daily passenger traffic cross 4 lakh. But after the year-end revelery, the numbers have again began dipping as the airline industry moves into the first quarter of the year, typically a lean phase of travel. Daily domestic traffic dropped below 4 lakh on January 9 and then stayed low upto January 13, when festive travel again had daily domestic traffic cross the 4 lakh number on January 14, 15 and 16.




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