LONDON – According to a report by India’s aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), domestic air travel in India actually doubled in August compared year-on-year with this month here in 2021.
According to the DGCA report which was released on Friday, Indian airlines’ domestic passenger traffic in August this year was estimated at over 10 million, up from around 6.7 million in the same month in 2021.
Calculation of annual passenger growth in 2022 – airlines carried more than 77 million passengers in the calendar year to August. This represents an overall annual increase over the corresponding calendar period for 2021.
Overall flight performance
Flight performance figures have been calculated for the 4 main metropolitan airports of Bangalore, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai.
Scheduled flights on time
When examining Indian airlines’ domestic traffic metrics at the 4 major metropolitan airports, Tata Group carriers won the top three rankings for scheduled service punctuality.
Air Asia India took first place, performing 93% of scheduled flights operated on time. Vistara was close behind with 91% on-time performance and Air India rounded out the top three with 88%.
A look at the current performance figures at the time of writing shows that carrier punctuality remains about the same, with Tata Group airlines continuing to hold the top three performance spots.
Passenger load factor
Being the off-peak period, passenger load factors on Indian carriers were generally quite low, with major carriers posting values between 65-85%.
For the month of August, SpiceJet led the pack with a load factor percentage of 84.6%. They were followed by Vistara with 84.4% and Go First with 81.6%. Statistics from major carriers as of today show an average passenger load factor of 80%.
Regarding the second performance parameter of flight cancellations, Indian carriers have performed well in the domestic/regional market. Overall, the cancellation figure for scheduled domestic services was 0.84% for the month of August.
When it comes to customer satisfaction, the top two passenger complaints were problems with flights and problems getting refunds for canceled flights.
Domestic market share
Considering the national/regional service breakdown for August 2022, the numbers are as follows:
IndiGo, India’s leading carrier and the world’s largest low-cost carrier, claims a solid market share of 57.70%. Vistara, a full-service operator, has 9.70% market share, followed in third place by ultra-low-cost operator Go First with 8.60% market share.
Domestic and international travel demand remains buoyant for the Indian aviation sector, and further improvements in numbers are likely in the coming months.