In its monthly report, the nation's aviation watchdog, Directorate General Civil Aviation (DGCA), reported that domestic air passenger traffic increased annually by 59.16% in the first ten months of 2022. During the same time period, domestic airlines in India carried nearly 10 crore passengers.
Domestic airlines carried 98.83 crore passengers between January and October 2022 compared to 62.96 crore during the same time last year. The increase in monthly passengers was 26.95%. The monthly gain is noticeably less than the growth seen the previous month when a 46.54 percent increase was noted.
According to figures for the month of October, approximately 1.14 crore domestic passengers flew last month, which is a small increase over the numbers from September, when 1.04 crore people flew.
According to DGCA analysis, IndiGo, the largest carrier in the nation, saw a fall in its market share from 58 percent in September to 56.7% in October. Additionally, Vistara's market share decreased from 9.6% in September to 9.2% last month. In October, Akasa Air, which launched operations in August, had a market share of 1.4% compared to 0.9% in September.
Passenger Load Factor
In September of this year, IndiGo flew 64.71 lakh passengers, Vistara flew 9.96 lakh, and Air India flew 10.49 lakh. The data showed that in October, Go First, SpiceJet, AirAsia India, and Alliance Air carried 8.02, 8.29, 8.67, and 1.46 lakh passengers, respectively. In October, Akasa Air, the newest airline, carried 1.61 lakh passengers.
According to the DGCA, SpiceJet maintained its position atop the Passenger Load Factor (PLF) chart in October with an 88.1 percent share. Vistara, IndiGo, Go First, AirAsia India, and Air India all had occupancy rates of 85.5%, 82.1%, 86.7%, 84.2%, and 82.7 percent, respectively. PLF for Akasa Air was 77.5%.
Fly Big had the highest percentage of cancelled flights, at 4.61 percent, while Star Air had the most number of complaints received.
Across major metro airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and Hyderabad, Air India led the rally in punctuality with a 90.8 percent on-time performance (OTP), followed by Vistara with an 89.1 percent OTP.