Pent-up demand, along with low base and easing of Covid restrictions, pushed India’s domestic air passenger traffic higher in June 2021.
According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the country’s scheduled domestic flight operations ferried 31.13 lakh passengers last month.
In June 2020, the number stood at 19.84 lakh, while on a sequential basis, the sector had ferried 21.15 lakh.
Last year, domestic flight services recommenced on May 25, 2020 after suspension due to Covid-19 in end March.
However, during the second wave in 2021, limited civil aviation operations were permitted.
“Passengers carried by domestic airlines during January-June 2021 were 343.37 lakhs as against 351.78 lakhs during the corresponding period of previous year thereby registering annual (negative) growth of (-) 2.39 per cent,” the DGCA said in its June data report.
Besides, the report cited that the overall cancellation rate of scheduled domestic airlines for the month of June 21 has been 2.90 per cent.
“During June 2021, a total of 301 passenger related complaints had been received by the scheduled domestic airlines. The number of complaints per 10,000 passengers carried for the month of June 2021 has been around 0.97.”