Airline occupancy in India surges

20 Jan 2016 by Tom Otley

Airline occupancy in India has surged according to figures released by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

There has been an increase in traffic of 20.34 per cent in December last year (when compared with December 2014). 

Indian carriers flew a total of 7.70 million customers in December 2015. 

While budget carrier SpiceJet accounted 92 per cent seat factor, IndiGo reported its seat occupancy at 88.5 per cent, according to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) data.

In terms of passengers flown, IndiGo carried the highest number of passengers at 2.74 million. 

Air India and Jet Airways, India’s full-service carriers, carried 1.28 million and 1.40 million passengers respectively. 

India’s growth is higher compared to its fellow BRIC nations; Brazil and Russia witnessed a fall by 8 and 7 per cent respectively, while China grew by 8.4 per cent. 

The revenue per kilometre of airlines is also on the rise and is growing at 7-44 per cent.

This is the result of falling fuel prices which has allowed airlines to offer competitive pricing on their routes. This has led to an increase in demand in the domestic aviation sector. 

Akanksha Maker 

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