New Delhi: India’s air passenger traffic fell 1.84% in June from a year ago, after having recovered in April from months of decline.
Domestic airlines carried 5.01 million passengers in June, compared with 5.10 million a year ago, show data released on Friday by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), India’s aviation regulator.
The summer quarter of April-June is peak travel season as schools close for holidays.
“Analysis of capacity (ASKM, or available seat per kilometre) and demand (RPKM, or revenue passenger per kilometre) data on year-to-year basis indicates that demand showed declining trend,” DGCA warned in its statement announcing the data for June.
Air fares peaked during the summer on local flights before a marginal drop in July, an airline official said.
IndiGo had the highest market share of 29.5% in June, followed by Jet Airways (India) Ltd and subsidiary Jet Konnect that had a combined share of 23.1%, SpiceJet at 19.5%, Air India at 18.9% and GoAir at 8.9%.
Passenger traffic grew in April from a year ago after having declined for 10 months in a row.
In 2012, air traffic dropped to 58.82 million people from 60.7 in 2011, while international traffic grew by 21.8%, according to the civil aviation ministry.