The resurgence of Covid-19 infections pulled India’s domestic air passenger traffic lower by over 36 per cent in February on a year-on-year basis.
According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), passengers ferried by domestic airlines during February declined to 78.27 lakh as against over 123.68 lakh for the corresponding period of the previous year.
“Passengers carried by domestic airlines during Jan-Feb 2021 were 155.61 lakh as against 251.50 lakh during the corresponding period of previous year, thereby registering annual growth of (-) 38.13 per cent and monthly growth of (-) 36.71 per cent,” the DGCA data said.
Almost all airlines saw a growth in passenger load factor in October as compared to previous month, barring Pawan Hans.
“The passenger load factor in the month of February 2021 has shown an increasing trend compared to the previous month primarily due to the beginning of tourist season.”
A month ago, the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare have issued fresh set of guidelines for international arrivals in the context of spread of mutant variant of SARS-CoV-2 in many countries. The guidelines supersede all guidelines issued on the subject since 2nd August 2020 and the new set of Standard Operating Procedure was put into force from 22nd February 2021.