• No demonetisation impact; airlines flew 23.91% more passengers in December

    In a clear indication of not being impacted by the government’s demonetisation move, which has seen sectors witnessing drop in demand, air passengers flown by airlines during December grew by 23.91% over same month last year, shows data released today by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

    The aviation sector, in terms of passenger growth, had registered a growth of 22.45% during November – PM Modi had announced a move to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes on November 8, 2016.

    During December, which is also traditionally a peak travel month, all national scheduled carriers flew their planes with over 80% of their seats full. The list was led by SpiceJet, which recorded load factors of 93.7% and flying its panes with over 90% seats full for 21 months in a row. IndiGo came close second by flying its plane with 91.45 full followed by GoAir with 90.7% PLF.

    SpiceJet also topped the chart of airlines that flew the highest number of its flights on time. The data shows that SpiceJet flew 70% of its flights on time at four airports –Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru- in the country.

    Jet Airways and Jet Lite came second by flying 64.3% of its flights full followed by Vistara, which flew 64.2% of its flights full. Air India was last in the list by flying 59% of its flights in time.  Roquan Smith Jersey

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