Air Traffic Grows 12.4% in July

Indian carriers flew 12.4% more passengers during July, proving airline body International Airline Transport Association wrong that had predicted the Indian aviation market's double-digit growth to end in June.

During July , which is traditionally a lean month for airlines in India, Indian carriers together carried about 9.6 million passengers, registering about 12.4% growth over 8.5 million passengers carried during the same month last year. IATA had said that the slowdown in the country's aviation growth started post demonetisation and passenger growth will fall to single digit from July.

Among load factors, SpiceJet continued its dominant position for 28 months in a row by flying 94.4% of its flights full, followed by AirAsia India that flew planes with 88.4% of its seats full. These two lowfare carriers were followed by a full-service carrier Vistara that operates in three-class configurations and flew its planes with 84.6% seats full.

IndiGo maintained its lead in the market share and on the one-time performance front. The market leader, which carried 38.7% of the total passengers during the month, also flew the highest number 84.6% of its flights on time.

IndiGo was followed by GoAir that operated 78.2% of its flights on time followed by Vistara that operated 74.5% of its flight on time.

Like IndiGo, Jet Airways also maintained its position as the second largest carrier in terms of market share by carrying 18.2% of the total passengers followed by SpiceJet that carried 14.2% of the total passengers during July .

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