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Small rise in Jan-July air travel than in first 7 months of 2011

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Domestic air passenger traffic grew a modest 1.74 per cent from January to July this year, according to the passenger traffic data submitted by various domestic airlines to the Ministry of Aviation.

In the first seven months of 2012 (January-July), 3.54 crore passengers flew by various domestic airlines against 3.48 crore in the corresponding period of 2011.

However, the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) has scaled down its forecast on air passenger traffic growth this year from 11 to seven per cent. A sharp rise in air fares was a major factor for this.

This is due to the high user development fee at various airports, particularly Delhi and Mumbai, which was a major contributing factor that has hit passenger volumes, it added.

In 2011-12, total air traffic (domestic and international) stood at 5.93 crore.

July figures

Data from the Ministry of Aviation show that total passengers carried by domestic airlines in July dropped to 45.37 lakh from 51 lakh in June. IndiGo carried 12.26 lakh passengers in July, the highest among the domestic airlines.

Jet Airways carried 8.82 lakh passengers in July, Air India – 8.24 lakh; SpiceJet – 8.08 lakh; Jet Lite – 3.25 lakh and GoAir – 3.16 lakh passengers.

Kingfisher Airlines, with its truncated schedule, flew 1.56 lakh passengers in July. Incidentally, last year Kingfisher Airlines topped the list carrying nearly 9.61 lakh passengers in July 2011, followed by IndiGo.

Air India carried 8.33 lakh passengers in July 2011, which dropped to 8.24 lakh in July this year.

IndiGo had the largest market share of 27 per cent, followed by Jet Airways, 19.4 per cent, Air India, 18.2 per cent, SpiceJet, 17.8 per cent, and Jet Lite, 3.25 per cent.

GoAir had a market share of 3.16 per cent and Kingfisher Airlines 1.56 per cent.

nivedita.ganguly

@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated August 18, 2012)
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