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Fares go up, number of air travellers down

The increasing prices of air tickets led by high cost of jet fuel has resulted in an unprecedented decrease of over 11 per cent in the number of passengers carried by domestic carriers, reports HT Correspondent.

india Updated: Aug 13, 2008 00:06 IST

The increasing prices of air tickets led by high cost of jet fuel has resulted in an unprecedented decrease of over 11 per cent in the number of passengers carried by domestic carriers from last year.

According to the latest official figures, the number of domestic passengers carried by the scheduled airlines of India in the month of July was 30.85 lakh, while the figure was 35.34 lakh in the month of June.

While low traffic is expected in the lean season, the real picture gets clear when compared with the number of passengers carried by domestic carriers in July 2007 — 34.87 lakh.

While the budget carriers, except JetLite, have lost market share marginally, the full cost carriers — Air India, Jet Airways and Kingfisher Airlines — have registered an increase. According to industry insiders, this is because budget carriers have lost many passengers to trains.

The total number of passengers carried by domestic carriers in the first seven months of 2008 is 258.61 lakh.

Air India (domestic), Jet, Kingfisher, JetLite ansssd Paramount increased their market share from 16.4 per cent, 21.2 per cent, 14.3 per cent, 8.1 per cent and 1.3 per cent respectively in June this year to 18.3, 23.5, 15.4, 8.3 and 1.6 per cent in July.