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NEW DELHI : Domestic air passenger traffic in India continued to record a steady increase in line with falling coronavirus infections and easing of lockdown curbs.

The average number of daily fliers grew to 220,000 in the week ended 4 September, from 204,000 fliers a week before, brokerage firm ICICI Securities said in a report on Monday.

Average daily departures rose to 1,970 during the week from 1,950 in the previous week. The number of fliers per departure rose to 111 from 105 in the same period.

“Average daily fliers grew 7.8% w-o-w (week-on-week) due to 6% increase in number of fliers per departure,(and) 1% increase in number of departures," the report said.

Air travel bookings in India gained pace this month, offering hopes of a full revival for the sector battered by the pandemic. However, the government’s decision to intervene with capacity and air fare caps has so far had a negative impact on air passenger traffic. Air passenger traffic rose sharply in early August ahead of the announcement of fresh caps.

Traffic grew about 31% to 6.5-6.6 million in August, from about 5.01 million in July, rating agency Icra Ltd said.

“For August, the average daily departures were at about 1,900, higher than the average departures of about 900 in August 2020, and higher than about 1,500 in July 2021, though it remains lower than about 2,000 in April 2021," said Kinjal Shah, vice-president and co-group head, corporate ratings, at Icra.

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