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Hot May: Air traffic in three weeks up by 20%

india Updated: May 21, 2010 23:22 IST
Lalatendu Mishra
Lalatendu Mishra
Hindustan Times
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Continuing the growth momentum, India’s air traffic has risen 20 per cent year-on-year for the first three weeks of May, acoording to Amadeus India, the country’s largest reservation system’s data.

“Bookings are up by 20 per cent as compared to May 2009,” said Ankur Bhatia, managing director, Amadeus India. “Last year, the growth was only 8 per cent as compared to May 2008 due to the slowdown. We expect the trend will continue till the month end.”

But the growth was slightly affected due to volcanic ash problem in Europe and civil war in Thailand, Bhatia said.

“We expect June 2010 would yield 20 per cent growth year on year. While in June 2009, the growth was only 1 per cent.”

As per Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the domestic traffic from January to April 2010 grew by 22.5 per cent as compared to the same period previous year and domestic airlines flew 162.8 passengers as compared to 133.4 passengers.

All airlines have been reporting more than 72 per cent load factor and on last Sunday, Air India flew more than 50,000 passengers both by its domestic and international flights.

“We are seeing an upsurge of around 20 per cent in domestic and international passenger traffic and the trend continues,” said a spokesperson of Air India.

Jet Airways is also reporting more than 81 per cent load in its international flights and 73 per cent in domestic flights.

“We are seeing healthy seat factors in April and May 2010. The trends for next few months look healthy. We are seeing a revival of premium segment and this is expected to continue in the next few quarters,” Jet Airways said in its outlook for the coming months.