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Domestic air passenger traffic growth plummets to 3.7% in 2019

Domestic scheduled carriers carried 144.17 million passengers during 2019, against 138.98 million passengers in 2018, data issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday showed.

business Updated: Jan 21, 2020 04:19 IST
Rhik Kundu
Rhik Kundu
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
GMR employees are seen at work at Terminal 3, IGI Airport.
GMR employees are seen at work at Terminal 3, IGI Airport.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

India’s domestic air passenger traffic growth slowed to 3.74% in 2019 from 18.60% in 2018, amid a subdued economy and the grounding of Jet Airways (India) Ltd.

Domestic scheduled carriers carried 144.17 million passengers during 2019, against 138.98 million passengers in 2018, data issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday showed.

“This is a bit disappointing. In 2019, we faced headwinds on account of Jet Airways but 2020 is going to be different and the double-digit growth should be back sooner rather than later,” a DGCA official said on condition of anonymity.

InterGlobe Aviation Ltd, which operates IndiGo, strengthened its leadership, carrying nearly one in every two passengers. Its market share stood at 47.1% during 2019, up from 41.5% in 2018. The airline carried 67.91 million passengers in 2019, up from nearly 57.62 million in 2018.

SpiceJet Ltd flew 21.53 million passengers, achieving 14.9% market share in 2019. The airline had carried 17.1 million passengers in 2018, with a 12.3% market share.

Air India Ltd clocked a 12.7% domestic market share, flying 18.36 million passengers in 2019. It had similar market share in 2018.