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Domestic airlines record 27% growth in April

In the month of April, most domestic carriers saw flight occupancies of 70-80% as demand improved. Robust economic growth and revival in travel by Indian corporate — stalled due to the global crisis — are the primary reasons behind this surge. Domestic carriers have maintained double-digit growth for many months now on the back of a robust economic growth.

According to data released by the Director-ate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), domestic airlines carried 162.82 lakh passengers in January-April 2010 — up 22% over the corresponding year-ago period. Total domestic passengers carried by scheduled airlines in April 2010 was 41.88 lakh as against 39.03 lakh in the previous month. While month-on-month growth was 7.3% in April, airlines carried 26% more passengers compared to April last year.

Jet and Kingfisher collectively account for nearly half of India’s domestic market. While Jet Airways continues to maintain its market share, that of Kingfisher has declined (from 23.9% in 2009 to 21.4% in April 2010). It is seen that the share of low-cost carriers like IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir has risen in the current year compared the year-ago period.

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