In December, the industry paid a compensation of Rs 1.4 crore to over 1.09 lakh passengers affected by denied boarding, cancellation and because of delays in flight operations.

The year 2012 has ended on a despondent note for the domestic airline industry.

The latest data released by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation show a decline of four per cent in the number of passengers carried by the domestic airlines in December 2012 compared with the same period last year.

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The seven airlines carried 54 lakh passengers in December 2012, against 56 lakh flown in the same month last year.

On an annualised basis, too, the number of passengers carried by the industry saw a decline.

IndiGo on top

The data reveal a three per cent decline in the number of passengers flown during January-December 2012 at 5.88 crore compared with 6.06 crore last year.

In December 2012, the Delhi-based low-cost airline, IndiGo, maintained its position as the market leader with share of 27 per cent.

On a stand-alone basis, Air India took the number two spot with a market share of 20.6 per cent. However, if the passengers flown by Jet Airways and JetLite are combined, they had a market share of 25.6 per cent.

The DGCA data, however, count the two airlines as separate entities while showing market share.

December was the eighth straight month in calendar 2012 that saw a decline in capacity in terms of seats being offered by the industry and passenger demand for seats.

However, in a break from the preceding months, in December, the capacity and passenger demand were registered at four per cent.

In comparison, in November, passenger demand declined by 7.3 per cent, while capacity declined by about six per cent.

In October, the capacity declined by seven per cent while demand slipped by 12 per cent.

During December, the industry paid compensation of Rs 1.4 crore to over 1.09 lakh passengers affected by denied boarding, cancellation and because of delays in flight operations.

Over 82,000 passengers were affected by delays and were paid a compensation of over Rs 43 lakh, while the over 26,000 passengers, whose flights were cancelled, were paid a combined compensation of over Rs 61 lakh.

ashwini.phadnis@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on January 18, 2013)
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