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Air trouble: 30% seats vacant, fuel prices up

According to government statistics released, all Indian airlines carried 98.22 lakh passengers for the quarter-ending March 2009, 12 per cent lower than what they carried in the same period last year.

india Updated: Apr 15, 2009 23:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

For every one occupied seat in a commercial aircraft three seats are going vacant as the seat load factor (the number of occupied seats in aircraft) has again gone down in March despite airlines offering cheap advance purchase tickets on almost all domestic sectors.

According to government statistics released on Wednesday, all Indian airlines carried 98.22 lakh passengers for the quarter-ending March 2009, 12 per cent lower than what they carried in the same period last year.

The highest seat load factor in March was recorded by South India-based Paramount Airways at 81.9 per cent, while the state-run carrier Air India recorded the lowest at 57 per cent. Jet Airways, JetLite and Kingfisher also clocked low seat factors of about 60 per cent.

To top it all, state-run oil companies will hike prices of aviation turbine fuel (ATF) or jet fuel by an average Rs 2,066 per kilo litre as crude oil prices have gone up globally.

First Published: Apr 15, 2009 23:00 IST