Published on : Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Figures showed that in 2016, around 9.9 crore domestic passengers flew across the country, where in 2015 the number was 8.1 crore. In the month of December, around 95.5 lakh domestic air passengers opted for air-travel in comparison to the 77.1 lakh passengers in 2015. The aviation industry experts revealed that during the demonetisation month of December, all the air carriers in the country received highest number of occupancy rates.
A spokesperson for the carrier SpiceJet informed that according to a statement issued by DGCA in December 2016, it was the third month in a row that the airline topped the OTP charts and the airline also topped the PLF metrics for the industry at 93.7% and garnered over 90% PLF for 21 months in a row.
The national carriers revealed that after 8th November, 2016, they received a significant number of flight ticket sales as demonetisation allowed people to buy flight tickets from the airline counters in exchange of the old Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 currency notes.
It seems the year 2016 set a new mark for the aviation industry to compete with. At present, the domestic carriers of India are planning new discount schemes in order to sustain this growth.