Domestic air passenger traffic rose 6.2% in June over the year-ago period, with local carriers flying 12.02 million passengers in the month, as per the monthly data from regulator DGCA.
The uptick in June follows a marginal under 3% growth in May ferrying 112 mn passengers. But this was after a 4.5% de-growth in April, the first time in six years, due to the grounding of Jet Airways and the resultant spike in ticket prices during the peak summer holidays.
Further, the country’s largest carrier, IndiGo continued it's market leadership ferrying 5.77 million passengers in the month, as per DGCA data that has been released on Friday. Followed by Spicejet with 1.86 million, Air India at 1.55 million passengers, while Goair at 1.33 million passengers, AirAsia India at 7.72 lakh passengers and Vistara at 6.48 lakh passengers followed closely.
In terms of seat factor, which is a measure of how much of an airline's capacity is used or average percentage of seats filled, Goair unseated Spicejet, which had a long streak of highest load-factor, with 94% load factor in June, while Spicejet's stood at 93.7% and AirAsia India's at 90.7%.
Meanwhile, AirAsia India had the second-highest on-time performance at 85.1% while Indigo, which used to be the best performer for long, was a distant third at 83.5%. Also, of the 750 complaints received by the regulator for various deficiencies in services, Air India had the maximum number of complaints at 278, followed by Indigo with 275 complaints against its services.